Dear Forum Members and Experts,
This is about the contentious issue of sale of farm/agricultural land as plantation land --with aim of developed holiday/weekend/nature home or getaway. As I understand “anyone can buy plantation land in Karnataka.” Let us take it from there. Plantation is clearly defined as land where coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper, rubber CAN be grown. Now, please tell me when it comes to registration will authorities go by declaration on paper that such crops can be grown/will be grown/is grown? As you may be knowing this “plantation” term is being used to circumvent both letter and spirit of the law as it stands --that is a non-agriculturist cannot buy agricultural land. So will one be on the right side of the law if the above plants 1) are actually cultivated or 2) if there is a declared intention of growing it or 3) if the soil lends itself to such plants. I know this is a lot of splitting of hairs but I need to know the flexibilities/definitions under this umbrella statement that “anyone can buy plantation land” to make up my mind about investing in one such project. What if none of these plants are actually grown?