NEW DELHI: In a major boost to private players scouting for land in the country to set up hospitals and educational institutions, the government will go out and acquire land for them under the comprehensive amendment to the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 wherein it has redefined ‘public purpose’ to now include private hospitals and institutions.

The government has also done away with the time limit of five years to start construction of work on the acquired land, enabling public/private players to sit on the acquired land as per their plan through the recently promulgated ordinance issued to bring about changes in the Act.

“We have redefined ‘public purpose’ for which land will be acquired by the government to now include even private hospitals and private educational institutions because the government does not have the capacity to set up big universities, institutes and hospitals on its own,” a senior government official told ET requesting anonymity. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times