7. Method of determining compensation.-
(1) Where any land has been acquired under this Act, there shall be paid compensation, the amount of which shall be determined in the manner and in accordance with the principles hereinafter set out, that is to say,-
(a) where the amount of compensation can be fixed by agreement, it shall be paid in accordance with such agreement;
(b) where no such agreement can be reached, the1[State] Government shall appoint as arbitrator a person qualified for appointment as a Judge of a High Court;
(c) The1[State] Government may, in any particular case, nominate a person having expert knowledge as to the nature and condition of the land acquired to assist the arbitrator and where such nomination is made, the person to be compensated may also nominate an assessor for the said purpose;
(d) at the commencement of the proceedings before the arbitrator, the Provincial Government and the person to be compensated shall state what in their respective opinions is a fair amount of compensation;
(e) the arbitrator, in making his award, shall have due regard to the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 23 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (1 of 1894): Provided that the market value referred to in clause first of sub-section (1) of section 23 of the said Act shall be deemed to be the market value of such land on the date of publication of the notice under section 3, or on the first day of September, 1939, with an addition of 40 per cent. whichever is less: Provided further that where such land has been held by the owner thereof under a purchase made before the first day of April, 1948, but after the first day of September, 1939, by a registered document, or a decree for pre-emption between the aforesaid dates, the compensation shall be the price actually paid by the purchaser or the amount on payment of which he may have acquired the land in the decree for pre-emption, as the case may be.
(2) The arbitrator shall, in awarding any compensation under this section, apportion the amount thereof between such persons, if any, as may appear to him to be entitled thereto.
(3) An appeal shall lie to the High Court from the award of the arbitrator appointed under this Act, and the decision of the High Court shall be final.
(4) Save as provided in this section, nothing in any law for the time being in force shall apply to arbitrations under this section.
1. Subs. by A.O. 1950,for "Provincial".