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Shanmugha Valayuda Mudaliar and ors. Vs. the Collector of Tanjore - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtChennai
Decided On
Judge
Reported in93Ind.Cas.639
AppellantShanmugha Valayuda Mudaliar and ors.
RespondentThe Collector of Tanjore
Cases ReferredIn Rajammal v. Head Quarter Deputy Collector
Excerpt:
land acquisition act (i of 1894), section 23 - valuation of land as tope--value as building site, whether claimable. - .....on the whole it will be reasonable 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 per tree for ten years upon 163 trees. we think we should allow them at the rate of rs. 3 for ten years, but reduce the number of trees as already stated from 163 to 125. in rajammal v. head quarter deputy collector, villore 25 ind. cas. 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 years. to this sum of rs. 3750 we must add rs. 37 for the timber of trees that are not yielding at.....
Judgment:

1. The land acquired in this cases 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 cocoa-nut tope. The District Judge has given compensation under two heads, first for the income derivable from the cocoanut trees, which he capitalised at five years' 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. No. 7, who is the gumastah of the claimant and who speaks to the leasing of the trees, says that no yield was got from the land. In the Secretary of State for India v. Duma Lal Shaw 4 Ind. Cas. 581 : 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 trees at not less than Rs. 2 and be observed that five years income was not very high in fixing the value per tree. By Ex. E, P. W. No. 5 let out 150 trees for Rs. 425 a year and the lessee has also to give fruits and leaves worth Rs. 60. 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. No. 1 that cocoanut trees in this village would fetch Rs. 3 per annum rent. According to P. W. No. 6, 145 trees in the tope out of 160 were yielding fruits; but P. W. No. 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, soma 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 reasonable 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 per tree for ten years upon 163 trees. We think we should allow them at the rate of Rs. 3 for ten years, but reduce the number of trees as already stated from 163 to 125. In Rajammal v. Head Quarter Deputy Collector, Villore 25 Ind. Cas. 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 years. To this sum of Rs. 3750 we must add Rs. 37 for the timber of trees that are not yielding at all at Rs. 1 per 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 win be allowed for the land, the acquisition being that of cocoanut tope valued as a tope not as a field for growing wet or dry crops nor as a house site.

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

V. N. V.

Order accordingly.


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