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Indian Railways (IR) has approximately 4.4 lakh hectare land .out of this 43,000 hectares is vacant land. Land which is not required for operational purposes in the foreseeable future is identified by various zonal railways and entrusted to RLDA by Railway Board for commercial development.Rail land development authority was established by act of parliament in year 2006. RLDA has since been constituted in terms of Extraordinary Gazette Notification dated 31.10.2006, as amended on 5.1.2007 . Its mandate was to generate revenue by utilising surplus Railway land .Railway was expected to generate about Rs 2000 toRs 4000 cr from land resources in 2009-10

So far, 135 sites have been entrusted to the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) of Ministry of Railways for development of vacant railway land. These are; Adilabad, Aurangabad, Ajmer (2 sites), Amritsar (2 sites), Ballyghat, Bangalore City, Bansdroni station, Bareilly city, Belgharia, site between Central Station and M.G. Road, sites between Shyambazar and Sovabazar & between Tollygunj station & Rabindra Sarabor, Bhavnagar (7 sites), Bhilai (3 sites), site between Bidhannagar-Dum Dum, Bokaro (2 sites), Borabanda, Budge-Budge, Budhlada, Central Station (7 sites), Chandigarh (2 sites), Chandni Chowk station, Chennai, Clutterbuckganj, Delhi (5 sites), Gaya, Guntakal (2 sites), Guwahati (13 sites), Gwalior (2 sites), Kanpur (2 sites), Halishahar, Hingoli, Hyderabad (3 sites), Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kanchrapara, Karimganj, Katra, Lucknow (3 sites), Maninagar (2 sites), MTP (Chennai), Mudkhed, Mumbai, Nagapatinam, Naktala station, New Alipurduar, New Cooch-behar, New Garia station, New Jalpaiguri (5 sites), Pattukoti, Raipur (2 sites), Rajkot (10 sites), Raxaul, Salem, Secundrabad (6 sites), Shahamatganj, Shyambazar (3 sites), Siliguri (6 sites), Tatanagar, Thane, Tollygunj station, Vijaywada, Villipuram, Vishkhapatnam ( 2 sites), Washim, Bangalore Cantonment Railway station.

RLDA signed its first development agreement-cum-lease deed on12.8.2009 with M/S S.D. Buildwell Pvt. Ltd (SPV of consortium of M/S U Tech Developers Ltd, M/S Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd., M/s Cinflex Infotech Pvt. Ltd.) for development of commercial and other facilities over land area of 13216.64 sqm near Gola Ka Mandir Gwalior (M.P.), against receipt of an upfront lease premium of Rs. 26.23 crore.

The commercial development have started at- Gola ka mandir Gwalior

Revenue Earned by RLDA in Last four year - 26.23 cr

Expenditures incurred in last 4 years ___cr


Day to day management of balance 4 lakh hectares is with zonal Railway which have only part time organisation . At board level , ED Land Managememt is now ED land & Amenities . He also looks after amenities which take his 90 % of time. At zonal railway land management is entrusted to CE general who also handles subjects which are not track ,bridge or planning.At division , there is no specific officer exclusively designated for land management at assistant or sr scale or in Ja grade. A part time officer is nominated as Estate officer . A proper & strong Organisation for this is required at Division level which is missing .As a result , a lot of land get encroached & many court cases get initiated in Civil court . The meticulous instruction written in various circular & codes reach to ground level but lack of organisation make them difficult to implement

Railway land is not defined as property in RPUP act & therefore local police help is required for removing of encroachments after eviction orders are passed by a part time Estate officer

As per railway policy , No land can be allotted by zonal railway to any body/ activity which is not connected with railway working . As a result people who see vacant land lying unused first apply for it & when railway does not allot it , they encroach it & PROCEDURES FOR EVICTION STARTS

Topic will be further developed under following heads

CE CICULAR No. 1/2002
Joint Procedure order for Deduction, Prevention & Removal of Encroachments on Railway Land

The importance of keeping the Railway premises free from unauthorised occupation or encroachment has been emphasized from time to time . Taking serious note of the increase in the number of encroachments on Railway land, particularly in the Metropolitan Cities, Railway Board have, vide their letter No 98/LML/14/156 dt 4.10.2001, directed the Railways to issue a joint procedure order duly fixing responsibility for detection, prevention & removal of encroachments on the field units. The same are being issued under the signature of CE/ MAS , COM/MAS, CME/MAS ,CEE/MAS, and CSC/MAS.

Following action will be taken for prevention, detection and removal of encroachments on Railway land by staff of various departments.
A register of total Railway land with up-to–date entries shall be maintained by the section engineer (concerned) of the Engineering department for the section concerned. A copy of the land plans, complete and up-to- date, will be available in the DRM’s office. Clear instructions to this effect as available in paras 806 & 807 of the IRWM (2000 edition), shall be strictly followed

1.2 DEMARCATION OF LAND BOUNDARIES: Boundary pillars shall be maintained, projecting about 500 mm above ground and as per details given in Paras 1047&1048 Engineering code (Revised Edition 1993) and paras 808-811 (i) of IRWM (2000 edition) for proper maintenance of Railway boundaries.

1.3 Printed land Boundary Verification Register showing details of encroachments and missing boundary stones shall be maintained by Section Engineer (Woks /P.Way concerned) of the Engineering Department. Entries should be made in the register maintained by the Section Engineer of the sections and verification of the same should be done periodically by the AENs / DENs /SrDENs as per para 813 (d) of IRWM(2000 edition).

1.4 Each Section Engineer should have a list of encroachments, location wise, as per para 2.2 below and para 813 (d) of IRWM (2000 edition), and copy of the same is to be furnished to the local police station and also the concerned GRP station. This list should be updated as on 1 st April every year & circulated as above.


2.1 Encroachments may be classified under different categories as specified in para 814 (d) of IRWM (2000 edition).

2.2 A typical proforma may be followed by each sectional Section Engineer (concerned) showing the details of encroachments as under:

Details of encroachments:

Section ————- Divn ————— Sub Divn ————–HQ ———–

Station premises/ colony/ mid section Location KM/EM / Station from / to Rly employee/ outsiders persons/ others Soft/ hard Area in sq.m Value of land approx. Approx period since encroach-ment existing Purpose personnel/ commercial / religious/ social/ otherAction taken to remove Remarks Reference to encroachment plan Value / Basic market rate/ notified rate/ rough assessment
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

2.3 If the encroacher is a railway employee, detailed particulars should be prepared mentioning the employee’s name, designation and department and controlling officer / supervisor, and forwarded to the concerned departments alongwith the details of encroachments by the Section Engineer (Woks/ P.Way /other)



Responsibility for prevention / reporting of new encroachments will be as given below.

(i) With in station premises: Lies with the SM jointly with concerned RPF Inspector and senior most RPF officials at that station ,where no RPF Inspector is posted
(ii) With in/ around the colony premises: Lies with the concerned Section Engineer (Works) jointly with concerned RPF Inspector and senior most RPF official at that station ,where no RPF Inspector is posted .
(iii) In between stations: Lies with the concerned Section Engineer (Works /P.Way) and RPF official
(iv) In /around Loco sheds: Lies with the nominated Section Engineer of the loco shed and RPF Inspector.
(v) In/around carriage & wagon depots: Lies jointly with nominated Section Engineer of the depot and RPF official
(vi) In/around workshops: Lies jointly with the nominated Section Engineer (of the department to which the workshop belongs ) of the workshops and RPF official

3.2 . All out efforts should be made to ensure that no new encroachment takes place. Proper maintenance of land boundary is the first and effective step towards prevention of encroachment. Boundary wall and fencing should invariably be erected in places where land is vulnerable to encroachment or costly. Divisional Railway Manager will be responsible for deciding the nature of boundary structure (Fencing or tree row or continuous wall or ditch etc) for each area based on cost and vulnerability of land. Detailed directives are available in paras 1047&1048 Engineering code (Revised Edition 1993) and paras 808-811(i) IRWM (2000 Edition ) in this regard.

3.3. Immediate action should be taken by the officials specified in para 3.1, where encroachment is incipient and /or is in the progress. It is easier to prevent encroachment at this stage by awareness, persuasion, watch and ward, show of force etc. Station Masters shall take the help of his staff, and persuade the encroacher to dismantle or vacate the Railway land with in the station limits. Similar action should be taken by SM/Section Engineer (concerned) and the RPF Inspector.
It shall be the duty of the officials responsible for prevention of encroachments to take all measures to prevent new or incipient encroachments. In case they themselves are not successful , it shall be their duty to bring the same to the personnel notice of ADEN or DEN or Sr.DEN /AOM or DOM or Sr DOM /ASC or DSC of the subdivision and division ,as well as SP/DC/Local Police and Civil Authorities verbally as well as writing , requesting them to take measures to stop the same.
As soon as they come to know of it, the concerned Divisional Officers should make arrange-ments including getting in touch with Civil and Police authorities as well as HQ Office to see that encroachment does not come up.
Where persuasion by the Railway authorities does not yield any result, the construction should be stopped by force, if necessary, and thereafter an FIR under Section 147of Railways act, 1989 should be lodged by the Engineering Department with the police having jurisdiction over the area, taking assistance of the RPF Inspector, who shall coordinate. For applying the provision of Section 147(2) of the Railways Act, 1989, which states “Any person referred to in sub section (1)may be removed from the Railway by any railway servant or by any other person whom such Railway servant may call to his aid” , no FIR need be lodged.
To prevent encroachments on vacant land, plantation of suitable trees (quick growing type) should be adopted as one of the methods.
If the place is affected by recurring encroachment, plantation may be done immediately after removal of the encroachments, and the area fenced by barbed wire.

As mentioned earlier, the main responsibility for preventing fresh encroachment / trespassing shall be with the RPF Inspector in charge and other officials of the area. In case of any sudden encroachment / construction, the concerned officials will requisition the help of RPF, where necessary and stop such encroachments / trespassing, and also file an FIR at the local police station against the concerned, if required.

The RPF Inspector /Official in charge of the place will provide full assistance to the other officials . He will arrange for extra force , if necessary from the Divisional Security Commissioner or the local Officer in charge of the Police Station to provide augmented police assistance.

The Section Engineer (Works /P.Way) shall responsible for removal of hard encroachment as per procedure laid down by law under PPE Act. The Section Engineer (Works/ P.Way) shall file the cases in the court of Estate Officers against the encroachers.
During the course of hearing by the Estate Officer, concerned official from Engineering, Commercial, Traffic, Mechanical or Security depts, shall act as the Presenting Officer and proactively help in expeditious finalisation of the proceedings.
As soon as the decision is given by the court of the Estate Officer gives the decision, the section engineer (Works/ Pway) shall take suitable steps in removing the encroachments as per of the order of the court. In this he shall be assisted by the concerned SM /RPF Inspector and local police. The DSC of the Division /ASC /IPF of RPF post will co-ordinate for local police assistance. At the Divisional Head Quarters, the DRMs may preside over the meetings in this connection or may attend such meetings with the District Authorities if the Civil Authorities so desire. Such steps will particularly be required if the encroachments are large and sensitive or very high potential of threat to law and order.

4.3 Trespassing and soft encroachment can be removed without recourse to the PPE Act. Encroachments by Railway employees could be removed by recourse to departmental / disciplinary action for which, the controlling Divisional Officer of the encroaching employee, will be responsible.


5.1 An ABC analysis of the encroachment on the Railway land should be done as elaborated in the following paragraphs, Board’s letter No 98/LML/14/7/dt 31.3.98(copy enclosed as Annexure –I) may be referred to in this regard.

5.1.1 ‘A’ category stations:
Should be monitored at GM’s level through CE/CGE.

5.1.2 ‘B’ Category stations
Should be monitored at DRM’s level through Sr.DEN (Co-ord)/ DEN (Estate).

5.1.3 The remaining may be monitored at the Divisional Officer’s level.

5.2 While monitoring of encroachments for ‘A’ category and ‘B’ category stations are to be done by GM and DRM respectively as stated above, review for A category will be made by Railway Board for which six monthly progress reports are to be sent from HQs. For ‘B’ category, review will be done at GM ‘s level .For others; review will be done at DRM’s level.

5.2.1 In order to send the six monthly progress report Board for ‘A’ category, Division should send the information as per Board’s proforma (Annexure C of Board letter of 31.3.98) within the last week of the fifth month positively.
Six monthly progress reports for ‘B’ category stations, which are to be reviewed at GM’s level, should also be sent by the Divisions while sending the reports for ‘A’ category. Information for ‘B’ category may be submitted in a proforma similar to that of ‘A’ category.
6.1 A monthly joint inspection should be conducted by the officials specified in Para 3.1 wherever other departments are responsible to study on the spot the old and new encroachments for taking immediate necessary action duly co-opting the Section Engineer (Works /P.way). The inspection report should be made out in a format given Annexure –II. Such report should be sent to the branch officers/ higher officials of the respective departments by concerned Inspector.

6.2 Section Engineer (Works /P.Way) should update the Encroachment Register maintained as per Para 814(e) of the IRWM (2000 Edition).


(a) A joint field check on the existing encroachments will be mandatory part of the Handling over /Taking over of the Section Engineer (Works /P.Way) . This should be followed by a joint signing at the end of the Encroachments Register on the number of encroachments in the jurisdiction. The fact that these steps have been completed, should be an item required to be specifically mentioned in the Handling over Note of the outgoing Supervisor.
Similar procedure should be followed by the concerned officials from commercial, Traffic, Mechanical, Security and other departments.

(b) In the event of fresh encroachments having taken place being noticed at the stage of handling over of charge, and which were not specifically brought out in writing to the notice of the higher officers / authorities, suitable adverse entries shall be made in the Confidential Records of the officials concerned, and he (they) will also be liable for DAR action as per paragraph 8.

It should be imperative on the part of the concerned Branch Officer that for any new encroachments that come up on Railway land, officials responsible for safeguarding the Railway land are taken up under Railway Servants (D&A) Rules.

* Since the responsibility for prevention of new encroachments is jointly given to the RPF Inspectors, it is essential that copies of the land document showing the demarcation of the Rly. Land should be made available for RPF Officials by SE (w) so as to facilitate such identification Similarly, the updated list of encroachments prepare on 1 st April. Every year should also be made available .In Non – RPF stations where not even a single RPF staff is available, the jurisdiction RPF Inspectors cannot be held responsible for prevention of encroachments but will involve himself in all activities for dismantling and eviction of such new encroachments.


No 98/LML/14/7 New Delhi DT: 31.3.98

The General Managers,
All India Railways.
SUB: Notes taken during presentation to the Board – Encroachment on Railway Land – Prevention and removal thereof.
1. Board have expressed concern about the growing menace of encroachment of Railway land, Instruction have been issued from time to time, So far the instruction issued were primarily aimed at laying down jurisdiction of the Railway Officials, maintenance and annul updating of the land records and classification of the encroachment, Various instructions issued over the period are listed in the annexure ‘A’.

2. Thus, in the past the stress has been a generalised one without determination of its importance of the encroachment for the Railway working .For instance the encroachment in metropolitan and important towns near the station and along the track are not only safety hazard but also affect developmental works which are already sanctioned or likely to be sanctioned in near future. The problem gets multiplied in these places if the same is not checked in time. The encroachment elsewhere though are equally important, but their removal as and when the Railway land is required to be got vacated from safety consideration / developmental purpose, may not pose the same amount of problems as in metropolitan cities /major towns.

3. It is in this background, Board consider an ABC analysis of the encroachment on the Railway land needs to be done immediately, Railway should segregate number of encroachment at each station in various categories of stations as defined for passenger amenities in letter No 94/LM’B’/2/175 Dated 18.5.95(relevant extract at annexure ‘B’)

4. The encroachment at ‘A’ category stations should be monitored at the General Manager ‘s level. At ‘B’ category stations these should be monitored at the DRM’s level. The remaining may be monitored at the branch officer’s level. This will help in focussing attention for removal of encroachment at key locations on priority. Railway may also include more locations for monitoring the General Manager/DRM’s level depending upon the location of the encroachment and its importance as regards to commercial value of property and its impact on the Railway working.

5. A six monthly progress report should be sent to Railway Board for ‘A’ category stations as per the annexure ‘C’ and for ‘B’ category stations it should be reviewed at G.M S level.
6. In Metropolitan, towns at places, even multilayered encroachments have come up. They pose serious danger to the safety of train operation as well as of the encroachers .A survey of all such encroachment should be carried out immediately and action plans drawn to remove / shift these encroachments. Detailed should also be sent to Railway Board of this survey by 31.5.98

Kindly acknowledge receipt
Exec.Dire/Land Management.
Railway Board.
D.A as above.

Annexure A

S.No Railway Board’s instructions regarding Letter No. and date
1.Definition of encroachment(i) Soft type (ii) Hard type and removal thereof Survey of encroachments etc., No.80/W2/14/0 dated 26.9.90.
2.Responsibility/ Jurisdiction of Railway officers S.S/Engg. And Commercial staff etc. -do- and No.80/W2/14/0 dated 12.3.91.
3.Removal /Prevention of encroachments-progress reports to be sent to Board’s office etc.No.80/W2/14/0/ dated 10.6.87
4.Maintenance of land boundaries Verification register.No.84/W2/LM/19/2 dated 28.3.85
5.Assistance of RPF staff for protecting Rly land and other matters No.85/W2/LM/18/62dated12.6.85 and No.93/sec.spl/200/4/dt.8.7.93.
6.Action against encroachments by Railway staff Action under DAR to be takenNo.90/LML/14/34 dated 9.3.90
7.Construction / Repair of boundary wallsNo.80/W2/14/0/A/dated 11.12.96.

Annexure B
Abstracts of Board’s letter No .94/LM (B)/2/175/ dated 18.5.95 addressed to General Manager, All Indians Railways.
Sub: Perspective Plan for Provision of Passengers Amenities at Stations.


Stations shall be classified in the following categories:

4.1. Category “A”
(i) Stations serving States Capitals
(ii) Non- Suburban Stations with a annual passenger earning of Rs 6 crore and above
(iii) Divisional and Zonal Railway Headquarters

4.2 Category “B”
(i) Non –Suburban Stations with annual passenger earning between Rs.3 and Rs 6 crore.
(ii) Stations serving places of Tourists interest and having very significant tourist traffic.
(iii) Junction Sections.

4.3 Category “C”

(i)Non-Suburban stations with passenger earning between Rs 1 and Rs .3 crore.
(ii) District Head quarters
(iii) Stations of local importance to be classified by the Railway.

4.4 Category “D”

(i)Suburban stations


(i)Other wayside Stations not covered in “A” to “D” above.




Name of station Division Total no at the beginning of the ‘A’ type encroachment No at the end of half year No of eviction cases filed in the court of estate officer No of cases decided in the court of estate officer No of cases still to be filed in the court of estate officer No of encroachments removed during the six month Remarks


STATIONDATE OF INSPECTION:KM : From ToOfficial responsible:
Sl No Name / Designation 1

1. Number of encroachments (As on last day of previous month): 2. Number of encroachments noticed as on date: 3. Exception report containing the details of addition /removal of encroachments to be given in the following format:

Location (km/TP etc) Reference to encroachment Plan Encroachment Employee / outsider Soft / Hard

Sq.m.^ Period since existing^ Action taken to remove^ Remarks^

4. Certificate that no fresh encroachment has been made / all fresh encroachments have been removed / all fresh encroachments are numbered, and will be removed with in a week (strike off whichever is not applicable).

Name, Designation and department of employee, and /or details of outsiders.

SMR (or SM or ASM)/
SSE (or SE)/(works or P.Way)
Inspector (or ) Official)/RPF
SSE (or SE nominated)
(Loco Shed or Loco or Carriage Work shop)

SSE (or SE (nominated)


Guidelines for selection of sites for property development (Shopping, Offices etc.,) under land management and food plazas, budget hotels etc., under IRCTC Ltd.

Ref: 1. Board’s letter No.200/TG.III/600/5 dt. 16.4.2001 on Memorandum of Understanding with IRCTC Ltd.
1. Extant instructions from railway board for land development under property development schemes and the MOU for operation of Indian railway catering and tourism corporation not clearly indicate the norms for selection of sites for various developments such as provision of shopping complexes, offices, parking and other associated facilities undertaken under property development schemes (normally termed as land management activities) or provision of railway food plazas, budget hotels and similar other passenger amenities (IRCTC operations). There is lack of clarity in the norms being adopted in selection of sites, which results in confusion in deciding the suitability of site for ‘Commercial purpose’ or ‘Amenity purpose’. The following guidelines are issued to facilitate taking decision in this regard.
2. Main objective of development on railway land/buildings and other assets by way of leasing rights is for earning revenue from the assets to improve the financial performance of the railway. In general, locations with potential for making revenue from land / buildings are to be developed under property development schemes and locations requiring improved amenities and essential services for railway passengers are to be developed by IRCTC Ltd. In fact, property development may include IRCTC requirements at the stations also. IRCTC charter and the MOU signed by the secretary, Railway Board and Director, IRCTC Ltd. (dt.12.4.2001) spells out in clause No. 2.1 of the MOU as under:
Clause No. 2.1 of the MOU
“ The land and buildings owned by the Indian railways and so identified mutually will be leased/ licensed to the IRCTC Ltd. on nominal license fee/ lease charges with permission to sub-lease/sub-license the rights to third parties in regard to activities related to passenger amenities and essential services like food & beverages outlets, pantry cars, passenger information services, retiring rooms/budget hotels, pre departure & post arrival services, development of passenger terminals, etc. in consideration of sharing of revenues in the pattern mentioned in Clause 2.3 (i)
IRCTC Ltd. will not only continue to provide these essential services but will also induce investment in their up gradation and professionalisation. IRCTC Ltd. will with the participation of private Entrepreneur manages these activities and Indian railway’s liabilities will reduce to that extent.
To enable the corporation in providing upgraded facilities and improving customer’s satisfaction. IR will license/lease land/buildings/rolling stock to the IRCTC Ltd. at mutually agreed license fee for specified periods.”
3. The basic guidelines for site selection are given below:
(a) Property development sites: - Sites with high potential and generally away from the essential passenger amenities areas should be identified under property developments schemes for providing commercial facilities to the passengers and public in the form of shopping complexes, office accommodation, parking and other facilities etc. with the primary objective of making revenue, which may also include value added passenger amenities.
(b) IRCTC sites- Sites for food plazas, budjet hotels, retiring rooms, predeparture and post arrival services etc., to be planned at sites in and around the station buildings where requirements of the passengers in the form of essential amenities and services are the primary consideration, though the accent here should also be in reducing the railway’s liabilities and improving the earnings.
© Value of the land or buildings, identified for development either under property development scheme or by IRCTC Ltd., shall also be in consideration in deciding the nature of facility to be provided at a particular site. A high value of facility should be identified for property development generally unless very specific justification exists otherwise.
3.1 With the above in view, the selection of sites shall be made as under:
(i) Site within the station building and very close to the service area (concourse/platform/waiting hall areas), identified as sparable for development may be earmarked for IRCTC for specific purposes mentioned in Para 3(b) above. This should be in the ground and first floor of the station building in major stations and at the ground floor of other stations.
(ii) Air space above the station building from the second floor onwards in major stations buildings and from the roof level at other station buildings shall be marked for property development.
(iii) Sites close to the station building connected with passenger activity areas and needed improvements to provide essential amenities and services, as charted for IRCTC, may be identified for IRCTC. Sites away from the passenger flow areas shall be identified under Property Development Schemes.
(iv) Sites away from the station buildings and located in colonies, yards and other isolated areas shall be identified Property Development Schemes.
3.2 While developing proposals, care should be taken to visualize the requirements of the station/offices etc., in a particular place at least for a period of 25 years henceforth and it should be ensured that developments proposed do not come in the way of basic facilities of the railway such as yards, station proper, maintenance facilities etc., In addition the developmental activities in and around the site considered, within railway area as well as within the city proper, shall be kept in view while the proposals are made.
4. The above guidelines shall be adopted while making propels for Property Development or for budget hotels, food plazas etc., Divisions shall initiate proposals, which shall be signed by the officers of the engineering branch, commercial branch and other connected branches and shall have the approval of DRM and forward the same to head quarters.v 4.1 Proposals under Property Development shall be processed by the Engg. Branch and budget hotel / food plaza etc., by the commercial branch in the division. At head quarters Property Development cases shall be dealt by CGE/MAS (land cell) and budget hotel / food plaza etc., by CCM/PS/MAS.
4.2 The cases shall be processed as per extant norms for property development / IRCTC for obtaining GM’s or Railway Board’s approval (as the case may be) before the project in entrusted to developers or IRCTC Ltd.

Appointment of land losers affected by land acquisition for railway projects.

No. E (NG)II/2010/RC·5/1.

New Delhi, Dated:I6.07.2010.

Sub: Appointment of land losers affected by land acquisition for railway projects.

In supersession of all previous instructions on the subject, it has been decided that Railways may call and consider applications for employment to PB~1Pay Band of Rs 5,200-20,200 with grade pay of Rs 1,800/- only, from land losers on· account of acquisition of land for the projects on the Railways (excluding those Jor Deposit works). Applications shall be invited, by Personnel Branch of Zonal Railways, from the land losers fulfilling the screening criteria as enumerated'in para 2 below.

1. Screening Criteria:

(i) The applicant shall be a person (sale owner of land or son/daughter/ husband/wife of the sale owner) whose land or a portion thereof has been acquired for the project. In case the land is owned by more than one person, the Competent Authority, as defined in the Railway (Amendment) Act 2008 / Land Acquisition Officer, will decide who shall be considered as applicant. Only one job shall be offered to an applicant from the land loser family.

(ii) It must be ensured that the displaced person has not received any land from the State Government in lieu of his/her land acquired/ being acquired for the project.

3. Railway administration should request the concerned Competent Authority/ Land Acquisition Officer to issue certificate/s to those persons whose land has been acquired to facilitate proper verification of the claims.

4. An applicant claiming appointment shall be required to submit the application with his/her signatures and photos duly certified by local MP,MLA or any Gazetted Officer. Candidates shall also submit affidavits fulfilling eligibility criteria stipulated in para 2 above, duly certified by the Competent Authority/ Land Acquisition Officer. This shall· be co-ordinated by respective Divisional Railway Managers.

5. The.applicant should normally fulfill the eligibility and other conditions prescribed for the post against direct recruitment quota from open market. In special cases, General Manager of the Railway can relax these conditions, and in respect of educational qualifications, applicant with read/write only capability shall also be considered.

6. General Manager of the Railway in whose jurisdiction the land acquisition is to be undertaken, shall be responsible for ensuring a fair and transparent selection of candidates.

7. Once and offer of appointment has been made, no further application claiming appointment on ground of acquisition of the same piece of land shall be entertained.

8. These instructions normally will not be applicable in those cases where land' acquisition process has been concluded by way of possession of land by Railway.

(Ravi Shekhar)

Deputy Director Estt. (N) II

Railway Board

Please acknowledge receipt.

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