178. Acquisition of immovable property required by the panchayat

Any immovable property which is required by a panchayat for a public purpose connected with the discharge of the functions imposed on it under this Act, or the rules or bye-laws made there under, or any other law, may be acquired under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (Central Act 1 of 1894) and on payment of compensation awarded under that Act in respect of such property and of any other charges incurred in acquiring it, the said property shall stand transferred to and vest in the Panchayat: 

Provided that nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to prevent any panchayat from acquiring immovable property either through private purchase or any free surrender