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THE TANKS IMPROVEMENT ACT, 1939

(BENGAL ACT NO. XV OF 1939).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 12th October, 1939  
  
     An Act to provide for the improvement of tanks in Bangladesh for purposes of irrigation. 1
 
    WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the improvement of tanks in Bangladesh for purposes of irrigation;



It is hereby enacted as follows:-
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
1. Short title, extent and commencement
2. Definitions
3. Requisition by Collector to carry out improvements in certain tanks
4. Declaration of a tank to be a derelict tank
5. Power to Collector in respect of a derelict tank
6. Order for possession of, and improvements in, a derelict tank
6A. Order for possession of lands adjoining a derelict tank for carrying out improvements in such tank
7. Cancellation of order under section 6
8. Authorised person to retain possession of a derelict tank for a period not exceeding twenty years
9. Owner to be restored to possession on certain conditions
9A. Authorised person to retain possession of land adjoining a tank during the period of possession of such tank
9B. Restoration of possession of land adjoining a derelict tank and the retaking of possession of such land
9C. Restoration of possession of land adjoining a derelict tank on the restoration of possession of such tank under section 9
10. Authorised person not liable to pay rent or compensation
11. Possession by an authorised person not to affect the rights or liabilities of other persons
12. Authorised person to pay rent to owner and compensation to person other than the owner dispossessed by him
13. Authorised person to pay compensation to persons who have right to fish in the tank, etc., on payment
14. Authorised person to pay compensation to cultivators who hold a lease of the bed of such tank
14A. Payment of compensation to persons having rights in lands adjoining a tank of which possession is taken under this Act
15. Permission of the authorised person necessary to use or occupy the tank, etc.
16. Rights to use the water of the tank
16A. Maximum irrigation area
16B. Preparation of list
17. Payment and rate of fees
18. Power of authorised person to lease out the tank, etc.
19. Bar to transfer of tank except as provided in this Act
19A. Bar to acquisition of occupancy rights in lands leased out under section 18
20. Authorised person to maintain tank in proper condition
20A. Authorised person to maintain land adjoining a tank of which possession is taken by him in proper condition
21. Restoration of possession of tank
22. Record-of-rights in respect of derelict tanks
23. Person to whom possession of a tank is restored to maintain it in proper condition
24. Costs
25. Decision of disputes
26. Appeal against action of authorised person
27. Other appeals
28. Procedure in proceedings under section 27
29. Order of Civil Court not to operate during period of possession
30. Bar to jurisdiction of Civil Courts
31. Power to enter land to make survey, etc.
32. Power to compel production of statements and documents
33. Power to enforce attendance of witnesses and production of documents
34. Power to authorise subordinate officer to exercise Collector’s powers
35. Penalty
36. No reduction of revenue for anything done under this Act
37. Power to make rules
 
 

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