PESHAWAR: Senior Member Board Of Revenue Sayed Zafar Ali Shah on Monday issued a statement which said that land acquisition rules were framed for the first time in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by amending the Land Acquisition Act 1894.
He termed these rules as part of ongoing reforms in the land and revenue department. He added that only guidelines were present before, but they have lesser legal status than rules. He explained that these rules are being implemented after their approval by the provincial cabinet.
“Timely completion of developmental projects across the province to be benefited from these rules. These rules are also implemented in newly merged districts, which will pave the way for completing developmental projects worth billions” the SMBR said.
Shah maintained that through these rules, the delegation of power was made possible, and now commissioners can acquire land worth more than thirty million.
He further said that introducing these rules in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) will help in settling land issues as rules allow the jirga to decide land acquisition and ownership matters according to tribal customs and traditions.
The SMBR announced that land would be acquired for any developmental schemes across the province within six months to expedite the implementation of developmental schemes.