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Ukraine - Power Transmission Project : land acquisition framework (English)

A major component of the Ukraine Power Transmission Project will be the construction and extension of transmission lines linked to the Dnister Pumped Storage Project (PSP). The lines will traverse sparsely populated agricultural areas characterized by large, open fields interspersed with modest forest tracts. Land is either owned by the State or leased to individuals and enterprises under 50-year tradable leases. Illegal occupation and encroachment are not common in the area. Implementation of the component Construction entail some land acquisition for footprints of transmission towers and to expand the substation at Bar. The total amount of land to be acquired for the towers is very modest. Similarly, a small amount of land will be needed to expand the substation. Additional land will be used temporarily during construction, and the right of way will be established along the route of the transmission lines, for which Ukrenergo will obtain lease contracts with landowners. All land transactions will be undertaken in accordance with the current laws of Ukraine and in a manner consistent with the World Bank's operational policies. Given the uncertainty of the location and amount of land to be acquired, this Ukrenergo has prepared this Land Acquisition Policy Framework to describe the process through which land will be acquired for permanent and temporary use in compliance with OP/BP 4.12 Involuntary Resettlement. Five principles will guide the acquisition of private land and rights of way: Minimizing expropriation and land acquisition and avoiding above-ground structures; using public land as much as possible; following property lines to minimize the impact on individual households; resolving compensation, registration and transfer issues with owners without seeking court intervention; and compensating owners and users in full before construction begins. Compensation will be paid to landowners at fair market value and compensation will be paid for disruption; crop damage; and the land returned to original physical condition for handover. For land users compensation is in accordance with the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. For public owners, compensation will be according to a concession agreement if paid.

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Ukraine - Power Transmission Project : land acquisition framework (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/221651468313800286/Ukraine-Power-Transmission-Project-land-acquisition-framework