Land use regulations are brought about to regulate and reduce negative externalities generated by unplanned and non-scientific use of lands. They are also used to protect and enforce constitutional rights such as the right to clean environment by disapproving of industrial establishments in a residential area, increase agricultural productivity by seeking to increase per hectare productivity by prohibiting any activity which may result in degradation of soil quality and arability. The recently enacted Land use act intends to do all this through categorization of land, registration of lands pursuant to the category in which it falls in, prohibitions on change of Land category and punishment for violating the said law.
While one cannot help but commend and applaud the intention with which the act was enacted, its future implications must also be thoroughly examined before we appraise the initiative taken by the government.
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