Land pooling is being increasingly promoted as a mechanism for land consolidation, especially for greenfield urbanisation projects. In Dholera smart city along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the mechanism is enabled under the the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act 1976. In this paper we analyse this law's procedures; its provisions for public consultation, participation and compensation; its colonial and post-colonial antecedents; and the jurisprudence around it. We find that the GTPUDA is grossly inadequate, significantly in establishing the consent of landowners, and in addressing the range of dispossessions that the Dholera project engenders.

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Preeti Sampat and Simi Sunny, 'Dholera and the Myth of Voluntary Land Pooling' (2016) 12(2) Socio-Legal Review 1

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