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This article is written by Anshal Dhiman, a student at RGNUL, Patiala, pursuing BA.LLB (Hons.). The article talks about Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act.

Land acquisition in India

Land obtaining is the force of the association or a state government in India to get private land with the end goal of industrialization, advancement of infrastructural offices or urbanization of the private land, and to repay the influenced land proprietors for their restoration and resettlement

The ability to take property from the individual is established in the possibility of a famous space. The teaching of famous space expresses, the sovereign can do anything if the Act of sovereign includes public interest. The teaching engages the sovereign to get private land for public use, given the public idea of the use can be exhibited in a certain way. The tenet depends on the accompanying two Latin sayings, Salus Populi Suprema Lex (Government assistance of Individuals Is the Principal Law) and Necessitas Publica Significant Est Quam (public need is more prominent than private necessity). Throughout the entire existence of present-day India, this convention was tested twice (extensively talking) when a land change was started and some other time when banks were nationalized.

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The constitutional aspect of land acquisition

The Constitution of India initially gave the privilege to property (which incorporates land) under Articles 19 and 31. Article 19 ensured that all residents reserve the privilege to procure, hold and discard property. Article 31 expressed that “no person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law.” It likewise showed that pay would be given to a person whose property has been taken for public purposes. The Forty-Fourth Amendment of 1978 took away the privilege to property from the rundown of fundamental rights with a presentation of another arrangement, Article 300-A, which said that “no person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law. The alteration guaranteed that the privilege to property‟ is no longer a major right yet rather a constitutional/legitimate right/as a legal right and in case of penetrating, the cure accessible to an abused person is through the High Court under Article 226 of the Indian Constitution and not the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution. The state should pay at the market an incentive for such land, building or construction obtained (Inserted by Constitution Seventeenth Amendment) Act, 1964, the equivalent can be found in the prior decisions when property right was a basic right, such as in the case of The State Of West Bengal vs Mrs Bela Banerjee And Others, which propounded that “Remuneration” sent in Article 31(2) suggested full pay, that is the market estimation of the property at the hour of the securing. 

The legislature must “guarantee that what is resolved as payable should be paid, that is, an only likeness of what the proprietor has been deprived of. Somewhere else, Justice Reddy, O Chinnappa held in the case of State Of Maharashtra v. Chandrabhan Tale on 7 July 1983 that the principal right to property has been annulled because of its contrariness with the objectives of “equity” social, economic and political and “fairness of status and chance” and with the foundation of communist popularity based republic, as thought about by the Constitution. Productivity has numerous features and one is yet to find a faultless trial of proficiency to suit the broadly varying requirements of a creating society like our own. The idea of effectiveness has been presented by Justice Reddy, O Chinnappa, combined with the state of trustworthiness.

Compensation for acquired land

A 2010 report by the Government of India, on work whose job relies upon agrarian land, guarantees that per 2009 information gathered across all states in India, the all-India yearly normal day by day wage rates in horticultural occupations ran between ₹ 53 to 117 every day for men working in ranches (US$354 to 780 every year), and between ₹41 to 72 every day for ladies working in ranches (US$274 to 480 every year). This compensation rate in country India study remembered the accompanying horticultural activities basic for India: furrowing, planting, weeding, relocating, collecting, winnowing, sifting, picking, herders, work vehicle driver, incompetent assistance, workmanship, and so on. The pay for the procured land depends on the estimation of the rural land, anyway cost increments have been disregarded. The land worth would increment commonly, which the current purchaser would not profit by. Besides, if the costs are left for the market to decide, the little workers would never impact the large corporate moguls. Additionally, it is for the most part a legal executive who has been granted higher pay than administrations.

The Act requires market worth to be paid for the land and some other property on it just as costs for convincing the individual to change the spot of home or business. It unequivocally forbids considering the planned utilization of land while processing market esteem. The 2007 Bill requires installment of the greatest of three things: the base worth determined for stamp obligation, the normal of the best 50 % by cost of land deal nearby, and the normal of the top half of the land bought for the undertaking from willing vendors. For figuring out an ongoing area deal, the proposed land use is to be utilized. Subsequently, horticultural land being obtained for a modern task will be followed through on the cost of mechanical land.

What is land denotification?

In India when the government needs to obtain an exclusive land for any open reason, it is legally necessary to tell such a land owner via a legal notice. Accordingly, when such advised land is not, at this point needed by the public authority, there is a legal necessity to denotify via issuing a denotification.

A denotified land is allowed to be utilized or sold by the proprietor of such land. At times, the land is restricted to assembly property or industrial facilities and so forth. The land is viewed as under government control where one can’t exchange property over a specific region which influences the request for a stay to proceed with the ongoing undertaking over the land. This is known as land denotification. Think about purchasing land whenever the timing is ideal, the quickest developing stage giving you computer-generated reality highlights in the field of land.

Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894

Under Section 18 of the Act, any individual intrigued who has not acknowledged the honour may, by composed application to the authority, necessitate that the matter is alluded by the gatherer for the assurance of the court, regardless of whether his protest is to the estimation of the land, the measure of the pay, the people to whom it is payable, or the distribution of the remuneration among the people intrigued. Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 is a strong device in the possession of an “individual intrigued”, qualifies such an individual to require the authority to make a reference to the court, bury alia, for assurance of payment. For this reason, a composed application is to be moved inside the time frame endorsed vide Section 18(2) of the Act. One of the issues in the plan of Section 18 is that the authority has no ability to overlook delay in moving a reference application, despite the way that the individual intrigued has been kept from moving it on schedule because of true blue or unavoidable reasons. For a significant long time, there was a difference in legal assessment with regards to the authority’s ability to approve delay. 

Judicial aspect

Of late, it is no longer res integra that the gatherer possesses no power to broaden energy for a reference application considering Officer on special duty v. Shah Manilal Chandulal wherein Hon’ble K. Ramaswamy, J., managed along these lines: “Despite the fact that hard it very well might be, taking into account the particular impediment gave under stipulation to Section 18(2) of the Act, we are of the considered view that Section 29 can’t be applied to the stipulation to sub-section (2) of Section 18. The Gatherer/LAO, in this way, isn’t a court when he goes about as a legal authority under Section 18(1). In this manner, Section 5 of the Limitation Act can’t be applied for augmentation of the time of impediment endorsed under stipulation to sub-section (2) of Section 18….”. The absence of an in-assembled arrangement in the plan of Section 18 for the approbation of deferral/expansion of time is, by all accounts, cruel and unreasonable. It is in opposition to the healthy authoritative arrangement of being simple, reasonable, and sensible. Genuine and coincidental postponements have the right to be approved; really at that time can finish and generous equity be finished. There appears to be close to nothing defense for allowing the ex-proprietor to languish over no flaw of his own. Subsequently, there is a basic need to alter Section 18. 

In this unique situation, it would possibly be simple if the Reference Court were likewise enabled to overlook delay in moving reference applications in those cases, where a discussion about impediment emerges under the steady gaze of the court after a reference has been made. Another insufficiency from what Section 18 endures is the need for a time period inside which the authority is to refer to the court. In Mangat Slam Tanwar v. Union of India, their Lordships of the High Court saw that serious view ought to be taken off the way that applications for reference are retained by the Land Procurement Official without removal for time past any clarification”. To meet the present circumstance, the State Council of Karnataka revised Section 18 by embeddings in that sub-section specifying that the authority should make a reference inside 90 days of the date of receipt of an application, bombing which the candidate may apply to the court to guide the gatherer to make a reference. An alteration in pari materia terms has the right to be joined in the LA Act moreover. Now and then, the authority rejects reference applications on lawfully unsound grounds, convincing the candidates to request the High Court in its writ ward for redressal. The State Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Himachal Pradesh have reasonably changed Section 18 by suppressing such dismissal orders to the revisional locale of the Great Court under Section 115 of the CPC. It would be suitable if Section 18 is likewise altered indistinguishably and the simpler and more affordable cure of correction is made accessible to invested individuals.


Land Acquisition Act is statutory law in India in addition to Pakistan that permits existing governments to procure territory for public purposes flourishing in such nations. There was no significant land acquisition in India for industry or infrastructural advancement during the British Rule aside from building public utilities. The first Act to control land procurement in quite a while was brought by the British about 120 years before named the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, it administered all land acquisitions by the resulting governments of autonomous India up to this point.

One of the elective propositions for land obtaining is renting the land from landowners for a specific rent period. Defenders refer to how land procurement approaches by Governments accidentally empower uncontrolled land hypothesis making the ventures costly since an enormous bit of speculation would be dispensed for land securing costs. As indicated by them, strategies of land procurement offered an approach to political cronyism where land is gained inexpensively by tying down favors from neighborhood governments and offered to businesses at steep markup costs. Renting land may likewise uphold manageable task advancement since the terrains should be gotten back to the landowners toward the finish of the rent time frame in a condition like its unique structure without extensive ecological debasement. The aforementioned one light powerful land prices, furthermore thus powerful endeavors ransom money. The resistance groups as well as other associations that generally upheld the Bharatiya Janata Party, for example, Mazdoor Sangh, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, and Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram have come intensely against the changes proposed by the Narendra Modi-driven NDA government.


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