Andaman approves excess land regularization scheme

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Port Blair, Mar 14 (UNI) The Andaman and Nicobar Administration has approved the regularisation scheme of excess land, which are being occupied by those who settled here in the pre-1942 period.

Besides, the approval had also been accorded for regularisation of those excess lands found during 1961 survey of Old Port Blair limits, officials confirmed today.

According to an official report, out of the total 1,028 tenants cases listed in the 1961 survey, the cases of 441 tenants have been found occupying the land and as such their cases have been recommended and approved by the Lt Governor.

This issue had long been pending with the Old Port Blair Municipal. The records of Rights with Map and the licenses for the purpose were being prepared and will be issued soon by intimating the date of the issue of record separately, the Assistant Commissioner of Settlement, Mr Som Naidu said here today.

The approval to regularisation of the excess land by the Lt Governor was given, following clearance of the scheme by the Government of India.

The South Andaman administration had earlier conducted a detailed field survey after issuing notice to tenants, whose names were found in the survey list conducted during 1961.

Hundreds of people who settled in these islands before 1942 are expected to be benefitted after this essential approval, experts believe.

As per the conditions laid down by the Centre for regularisation of excess land, only those tenants or the legal heir, who have the continual occupation of land are eligible for the land regularization and are covered under the scheme, the Assistant Commissioner added.

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