166.996 Acres Given to RLDA Remains Undeveloped: Parl Panel

Between 2006-07 and 2016-17, the RLDA spent Rs 102.29 crore on various expenses but only earned Rs 67.97 crore from developing MFCs at railway stations.

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The public accounts committee of the Lok Sabha has found that the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has failed to utilise the land parcels that were given to it in 2007 for commercial use. 

Allotment  

RLDA was allotted 49 sites by the Indian Railways for redevelopment into commercial spaces. Out of the 49 allotted, 17 have been taken into the ambit of review. 

Observations of the Committee 

The committee observed the following things: 

  1. “The committee observed that the audit reviewed the development of 17 sites, which were entrusted to the RLDA in 2007 when it was constituted and found that none of these sites had been developed.”
  2. “Audit findings revealed that there were delays in the engagement of consultants, in the submission of reports by the consultants, taking permission from state governments for change of land use plan, deficiencies in entrustment of land to RLDA by the concerned zonal railways by providing encumbered land, identifying wrong site or sites with incomplete papers etc which resulted in non-development of these sites of 166.996 acres.” 
  3. “While the RLDA incurred an expenditure of Rs 102.29 crore towards establishment, consultancy charges and advertisement, etc from 2006-07 to 2016-17, it only earned Rs 67.97 crore from the development of Multi-Functional Complexes (MFCs) at railway stations, which was not part of the earnings from commercial development of the entrusted lands.”

Status of 17 land parcels 

Development was initiated on only three sites, while seven were revoked, and the handover of the remaining seven was postponed for reasons such as legal proceedings, valuation by consultants, and termination of Letter of Administration (LOA), among others.


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