Odisha Land Conversion
Odisha Land Conversion
Agricultural land cannot be utilised for residential or commercial purpose except on conversion of the same into non-agricultural land. The process of converting agricultural land into the non-agricultural land is known as land conversion. As per the provision contained in Odisha Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1960, agricultural land can be converted for non-agriculture purposes only by taking prior permission from the competent authorities, i.e. Tahasildhar or Sub-collector in the state. In this article, we look at the procedure for Odisha land conversion in detail.
Odisha Land Reforms Act – OLR Act
As stated above, Section 8-A of Odisha Land Reforms Act regulates the process of conversion of agricultural land to non-agriculture land in Odisha. The process of conversion will be completed on payment of a conversion fee.
The authorised officer will allow the conversion of the use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes if such conversions are not violating any of the following Government Schemes or Plans:
- Master Plan
- Improvement Scheme
- Development Plan
- Town Planning
Lands Covered Under OLR Act
As per the provision of this act, the following types of land can be converted for non-agricultural purposes in Odisha:
- Class I – Irrigated land with two or more crops
- Class II – Irrigated land with not more than one crop
- Class III – Land, other than irrigated land such as Paddy, tanks, coconut gardens and orchards (except orchards growing banana)
Prescribed Authority for Land Conversion
Prescribed Authority for the conversion of agriculture land into non-agriculture purpose in Odisha is in detail here:
|Land Measuring one-fourth of an acre or more||Sub-Collectors is the Authorised Officer, Tahasildhar will initiate the process and allow conversion with due approval of sub-collector|
|Land measuring less than one-fourth of an acre||Authorised Officer is Tahasildhar|
Fee for Land Conversion
The rate at which the conversion fees payable per acre of agricultural land situated at different places of Odisha for the conversion are:
|1||Land situated within any Municipal area||Rs.3,00,000|
|2||Land situated in the area within one-half kilometre on either side of National Highways||Rs.3,00,000|
|3||Land situated in areas within one-fourth kilometre on either side of State Highways||Rs.1,00,000|
|4||Land situated in a Municipal area||Rs.75,000|
|5||Land situated in any area notified as to the Urban area under the Odisha Government||Rs.75,000|
|6||Land situated in the developing regions as notified by the Government||Rs.30,000|
|7||Land situated in any area not covered by OLR Act (Refer above mentioned clauses of land)||5% of the market value of land or Rs.10,000 (whichever is more)|
Note: As per OLR act, if the conversion fee payable is not paid within the prescribed period, it will be recoverable as an arrear of land revenue.
Documents required for converting agriculture land into non-agriculture in Odisha is as follows:
- Road Identification on Map
- Valid Address Proof
- Government-issued ID Proof
- Sanctioned Building Plan
- Tax Payment Certificate Receipt (last year)
- Plan and Layout Drawing
Land Conversion Application Form
The offline procedure for converting agriculture land into non-agriculture land is in detail below:
Step 1: A Raiyat (farmer), who seeking permission for conversion of agricultural land for any non-agricultural purpose needs to submit an application form along with the all required documents to the Tahasildhar.Revenue_ ODISHA LAND CONVERSION
Step 2: After the acceptance of the application, there will be an issuance of the land conversion order.
Step 3: On receipt of the application, concern ROR will be verified from the Record Room.
Step 4: Concerned authority will conduct enquiry and report whether the land schedule as applied can be allowed for conversion and letter will be issued to the Sub Registrar to supply valuation of the land for realization of premium.
Step 5: If it is found that the suit land can be allowed for conversion, then the necessary order will be passed for correction of ROR after realization of premium.
Step 6: Once the Raiyat pays the premium, the necessary correction will be made in the ROR.
Applying for Land Conversion through GO SWIFT Portal
The following are the guidelines for applying agriculture land into non-agriculture purposes in a step by step procedure:
Step 1: Raiyat or Applicants need to visit the Odisha Single Window Portal
Step 2: Click on ‘Investor Login’ to sign-in into the Single Window Portal (SWP).
Note: Existing users of APAA/CIF/GO-iPLUS/CSR Portal/eSuvishaa can log into the Single Window Portal using the same credentials
Step 3: New applicants can register themselves on the portal by clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button. The link will redirect to the new page.
Step 4: Provide the following Details for new user registration and verify by entering the OTP sent to the mobile number.
- PAN details
- Investor details
- Unit details
- Login details
Login to the portal
Step 5: Upon registration, log in to the portal using user name and password.
Step 6: In the ‘Services’ section, the applicant can view the list of services offered by the Single Window Portal. From the list of services, select “Application for conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.
Provide details for application
Step 7: Provide the following details in the application form for land conversion:
- Mobile number
- Details of ROR
- Source of ownership
- Khasra Number
Step 8: After filling up the form, the applicant can submit the form by clicking on the “Submit” button. After submission, an application number will be generated.
Note: The applicant will receive the application number also through SMS and Email. Keep it safe for future reference.
Step 9: Go to the Services button on the Menu bar and click on “Application Details” to check the status of their application.
Step 10: Departments may raise queries on the application within 7 days of its submission. As and when queries are raised, the ‘Query Status’ column gets updated.
Step 11: The applicant can view and reply to the queries on an application by clicking on “Query Raised”. They are notified via email or SMS about the query raised at this stage.
Step 12: The applicant can submit additional information or documents sought by the department. After uploading the required documents, the query can be resolved by clicking on the “Submit” button.
Step 13: Once the query is resolved, the Query Status changes to ‘Query Reverted’.
Note: SMS and email will be sent notifying that all queries have been resolved and the department is processing the application.
Generate Demand Note
Step 14: Once the application is processed and inspection is done, the status of the application will read “Generate Demand Note”. The applicant needs to generate the demand note and proceed to pay for converting by clicking on the ‘Pay Now’ button.
Step 15: After confirming that the amount displayed on the page is correct, select the mode of payment from the available options.
- Net Banking
- Debit Card
- Credit Card
- Over the Counter
Conversion Fee payment – Online
Step 16: If the mode of payment is online, upon clicking the ‘Make Payment’ option, the link will be redirected to the selected bank’s payment portal.
Conversion Fee payment – Offline
Step 17: If the mode of payment is offline (Over the Counter), the applicant can generate the challan for that transaction by clicking the ‘Generate Challan’ button.
Step 18: A downloadable e-Challan receipt will be displayed mentioning the head of the account and the amount to be paid.
Step 19: Take a copy of the challan to the nearest branch of the bank selected and pay the conversion amount.
Step 20: Upon successful payment, a Transaction ID and Challan Reference ID will be generated.
Step 21: The authorized officer will conduct an enquiry in the field; he will verify the physical status of neighbouring lands.
Download Updated ROR
Once the payment is successfully processed, and the same is verified by the concerned department, the status of the application changes to ‘Approved’. The applicant can download the updated Record of Rights (R.O.R.) by clicking on the “Download Certificate” option.
After receiving the conversion order, i.e. updated ROR, Raiyat will be entitled to convert agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.
Converting Lands Covered under Government Schemes or Plans
If any lands carved out and approved under the town planning scheme, development scheme or Land pooling Scheme or permitted under section 16 of Odisha Development Authorities Act, 1982 will not require written permission (ROR updating) for converting non-agriculture purposes but need to pay the prescribed conversion fee. After conversion, the Kisam of land in case of private holdings will be recorded as Gharabari.