Translation of agricultural land in a city in Tatarstan will take under special control

© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable in Photobacterium of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Archival photoTranslation of agricultural land in a city in Tatarstan will take under special control© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable the image Bank

President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov has instructed the government to take under special control the situation with the transfer of agricultural land in the border settlements.

«Reduction in the Republic of highly productive agricultural land and the availability of uncultivated land dictates the need for comprehensive action to prevent their withdrawal from agricultural turnover. Lately there is an intensive process of inclusion of agricultural land in border settlements,» — said Minnikhanov, addressing with the annual message to the Parliament of the Republic.

According to the President of Tatarstan, in the last 4 years in Tatarstan of agricultural land decreased by 6.5 thousand hectares, of which about 5 thousand hectares is translated in the earths of settlements. Thus, according to Rustam Minnikhanov, it is often a change of land categories does not lead to integrated and sustainable human settlements development, most of the sites remain undeveloped for a long time. In his opinion, this indicates a lack of proper control by authorities at different levels.

«Not conducted even basic work on information gathering in relation to the transferred lands. I instruct the government to take the situation under special control. We must clean the part of interagency cooperation, clearly defining the responsibilities of each responsible Department and municipalities», — said the head of the Republic.

Minnikhanov believes that it is necessary to take effective measures for involvement of unused land into economic circulation, using all available mechanisms, including the increase in land tax rates, the return of land back to the category of agricultural use or its withdrawal. «I repeat: the earth needs to work,» he said.

One of the tools to improve the efficiency of land administration, according to Minnikhanov, should be the creation and implementation of information system of ensuring town-planning activity, which will allow to identify violations of land and town planning legislation in municipalities and to streamline the inclusion of lands in borders of human settlements.

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