1 Lakh fine if arable land kept barren!

June 2, 2022

A fine of up to Rs 100,000 has been imposed for keeping arable land barren. The Council of Ministers has approved the land use regulations and has made arrangements to impose a fine of up to one lakh rupees on those who keep the land barren.

The government has issued the Land Use Regulations, dividing land into 10 zones based on its features. Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives, and Poverty Alleviation Shashi Shrestha issued the Regulations and informed about the classification of land.

The regulations have made it a crime to keep the classified land barren for three consecutive years in the agricultural sector except for uncontrollable circumstances. A fine of one lakh rupees will be levied for such an offense.

The land has been categorized as an agricultural zone, residential zone, commercial zone, industrial zone, area of mines and minerals, forest zone, public use zone, area of cultural and archeological importance, and others being based on topographic features, efficiency, and utility of land, its existing use, and necessity.

The data achieving of the mapping shall be maintained. Likewise, the regulations do not entertain the use of land classified into one category for another purpose, and the land use classification is changeable through due process.

Likewise, the federal government can alter the land use if valuable minerals are found in the land use zone if priority projects were to be operated on it, or for any other plausible reason like it falling in the international border security, development, tourism, world heritage sites, etc.

The local level can change the land use for the purpose of disaster risk management, shifting the insecure settlements, prepare the basis and criteria required for regulating and checking the land plotting and demarcation.