2nd May, 2002
Ministry of Railways


Railways propose to set up Indian Railways Land, Air Space and Property Development Authority (IRLAPDA) for commercial utilisation/development of the railway land. The proposed Authority would be a separate entity under the Ministry of Railways. The Authority will work to develop the land and properties in accordance with the directions given by the Ministry from time to time. A draft Act of the proposed Authority has been prepared and sent to concerned Ministries for comments. On receipt of comments, the proposal will be submitted for consideration of Cabinet.

At present approximately 0.18 hectares of Railway land are vacant and another 0.02 lakh hectares are under encroachments. Separate State-wise data are not maintained, railways maintain such data Zone-wise. The vacant land is required by Railways for their operational and maintenance requirements as well as for future developmental works. Railways are engaged in a continuous exercise to free their land of encroachments as per provisions of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act,1971, and the Railways Act,1989.

This information was given by Shri O.Rajagopal, Minister of State for Railways in a written reply to a question by Shri Vilas Multtemwar in the Lok Sabha today.

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