New law’ll fine owners if they keep arable land uncultivated for three years

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Kathmandu, January 16

The government will soon introduce a new law according to which people are fined upto Rs 300,000 if they keep arable land uncultivated for three years regularly.

The government had registered the new Land Use Bill in Parliament for discussion and endorsement recently, introducing stricter provisions on land governance.

The fine will be imposed if the owners keep more than two thirds of their land uncultivated continuously for three years.

However, the owners can skip the fine if they inform concerned local governments citing valid reasons for failing to cultivate the land.

Meanwhile, the bill has categorised land into 10 types.

The categories include agricultural land, residential land, commercial land, industrial land, forest last, mineral land, water resources, land of public use, site of cultural and archaeological importance, and other sectors as specified by the government.

The law will require local, provincial and federal governments to prepare a land use map of the area under their jurisdiction and develop appropriate plans.

Published on January 16th, Wednesday, 2019 11:17 AM

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