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Shunmuga Velayuda Mudaliar and ors. Vs. Collector of Tanjore - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty;Civil
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported inAIR1926Mad945
AppellantShunmuga Velayuda Mudaliar and ors.
RespondentCollector of Tanjore
Cases ReferredIn Rajammal v. Head Quarters Deputy Collector
Excerpt:
- .....on the whole it will be reasonoble to estimate that there were at the date of notification 125 trees yielding at the rate of about rs. 3 per annum. at this rate the annual yield would be about rs. 375. the appellants have claimed at this rate rs. 3 par tree for ten years upon 163 trees 'we think we should allow them at the rite of rs. 3 for ten years but reduce the number of trees, as already stated, from 163 to 125. in rajammal v. head quarters deputy collector, vellore [1914] 25 i.c. 393 a bench of this court estimated the value of a tope of trees at 20 years annual rental : but those were mango trees which as stated by the learned judges, are long lived and yield produce for a number of yeara. to this sum of rs. 3,750 we must add rs. 37 for the timber of trees that are not.....
Judgment:

Spencer, J.

1. The land acquired in this case was acquired for the purpose of being allotted for building houses but the use to which the land was being put, at the time of acquisition was that of a cocoanut tope. The District Judge has given compensation under two heads, first for the income derivable from the cocoanut trees, which he capitalized at five year' purchase and, secondly, he has given compensation for the land at Rs. 1,200 an acre. It is obvious that the same land cannot simultaneously be used as a cocoanut tope and for buildings. P.W. 7, who is the gumasta of the claimant and who speaks to the leasing-of the trees, says that no yield was got from the land. In Secretary of State v. Duma Dal Shaw 13 C.W.N. 487 it was observed, that land acquired under this Act should not be valued as a building site and at the same time valued upon the footing of the trees remaining there. The two claims, as pointed out by the learned Judges, are inconsistent. The learned District Judge took the income per tree at not less than Rs. 2, and he observed that 5 years' income was not very high in fixing the value per tree. By Ex. E.P.W. 5 let out 150 trees for Rs. 425, a year and the lessee has also to give fruits and leaves worth Rs. 50. That is equivalent to saying that 150 trees would yield a little more than Rs. 3 a year each It corroborates the statement of P. W. 1 that cocoanut trees in this village would fetch Rs. 3 per annum rent. According to P. W. 6, 145 trees in the tope out of 160, were yielding fruits, but P. W., 1, says that 15 or 20 of them would have a small yield. In every tope there must be trees at various stages of growth, some beginning to yield, some yielding well, some yielding less and less every year and some past bearing. One can only take an average. On the side of Government no witness, who had counted the yielding trees, was examined. On the whole it will be reasonoble to estimate that there were at the date of notification 125 trees yielding at the rate of about Rs. 3 per annum. At this rate the annual yield would be about Rs. 375. The appellants have claimed at this rate Rs. 3 par tree for ten years upon 163 trees 'We think we should allow them at the rite of Rs. 3 for ten years but reduce the number of trees, as already stated, from 163 to 125. In Rajammal v. Head Quarters Deputy Collector, Vellore [1914] 25 I.C. 393 a Bench of this Court estimated the value of a tope of trees at 20 years annual rental : but those were mango trees which as stated by the learned Judges, are long lived and yield produce for a number of yeara. To this sum of Rs. 3,750 we must add Rs. 37 for the timber of trees that are not yielding at all at Re 1 par tree, and Rs. 8 for 11 portia trees. The total comes to Rs. 3,795 and to this must be added 15 per cent. for the compulsory nature of the transaction.

2. Nothing will be allowed for the land the acquisition being that of a cocoanut tope valued as a tope, not as a field for growing wet or dry crops as a house site.

3. The appellants are entitled to interest from the date 6f taking possession and costs throughout calculated on the amount by which we have increased the District Judge's award.


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