The Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Repeal Act, 1999

[Act No. 15 of 1999]

March 22, 1999

An Act to repeal the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Fiftieth Year of the Republic of India as follows: –

1. Short title, application and commencement.

(1) This Act may be called the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Repeal Act, 1999.

(2) It applies in the first instance to the whole of the States of Haryana and Punjab and to all the Union Territories; and it shall apply to such other State, which adopts this Act by resolution passed in that behalf under clause (2) of Article 252 of the Constitution-.

(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force in the States of Haryana and Punjab and in all the Union territories on the 11th day of January, 1999 and in any other State which adopts this Act under clause (2) of Article 252 of the Constitution-on the date of such adoption; and the reference to repeal of the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976(33 of 1976)-shall, in relation to any State or Union territory, mean the date on which this Act comes into force in such State or Union territory.

2. Repeal of Act 33 of 1976.

The Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976-(hereinafter referred to as the principal Act) is hereby repealed.

3. Savings.

(1) The repeal of the principal Act shall not affect-

(a) The vesting of any vacant land under sub-section (3) of Section 10-, possession of which has been taken over by the State Government or any person duly authorised by the State Government in this behalf or by the competent authority;

(b) The validity of any order granting exemption under sub-section (1) of Section 20-or any action taken there under, notwithstanding any judgment of any court to the contrary;

(c) Any payment made to the State Government as a condition for granting exemption under sub-section (1) of Section 20-

(2) Where-

(a) Any land is deemed to have vested in the State Government under sub-section (3) of Section 10-of the principal Act but possession of which has not been taken over by the State Government or any person duly authorised by the State Government in this behalf or by the competent authority; and

(b) Any amount has been paid by the State Government with respect to such land, then, such land shall not restored unless the amount paid, if any, has been refunded to the State Government.

4. Abatement of legal proceedings.

All proceedings relating to any order made or purported to be made under the principal Act pending immediately before the commencement of this Act, before any court, tribunal or other authority shall abate:

Provided that this section shall not apply to the proceedings relating to Sections 11-, 12-, 13 and 14 of the principal Act in so far as such proceedings are relatable to the land, possession of which has been taken over by the State Government or any person duly authorised by the State Government in this behalf or by the competent authority.

5. Repeal and saving.

(1) The Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Repeal Ordinance 1999 is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under the said Ordinance shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act.

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  1. Iyer says:

    Have submitted a 1-1/4 ground land documents for removal of ceiling under innocent buyer scheme two years ago. Still no action or reply from our tamil nadu government. The land falls under..excess land ceiling act. Though I have purchased the land only after obtaining an EC, I too have obtained chitta adangal from VAO. still unable to remove land ceiling . Please help.

  2. Ram says:

    Have submitted 1 ground for removal of ceiling under innocent buyer scheme 4 years ago.. i have applied urban land ceiling office to remove land ceiling as per G.O. order 2008.
    but still no reply from tamil govt.. not me only nearly more 10,000 application pending for approval.. how to clear land ceiling.. Please help me..

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