Only 7% land acquired for Super Communication Expressway

There were reports of the gross violation in the acquisition of the land for the expressway

It seems that Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) may be unable to kick off Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway in January 2018, as the MSRDC failed to acquire the lands for the same. The MSRDC claimed that they have acquired 7.07 percent of the total private land for Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway. Joint Managing Director of MSRDC, Kiran Kurundkar said that 9364.73 hectares of land is needed for the super communication expressway. Of which, 8531.50 hectares are belonging to the private people and remaining lands belong to the government and the forest department. As of now, 603.54 hectares of land has been acquired of the total private land for communication express way.

701 km long Samruddhi Corridor will be connecting Mumbai with Nagpur. The corridor will reduce as much as half of the current required time. The MSRDC gave a detailed presentation at its office on Wednesday. Kurundkar also claimed that there are 5,684 farmers who have given their consent to acquire their 2750 hectares of land for the express way. “There is a long procure to acquire the land, after following the due process, the land will be acquired,” he added.

There were reports of the gross violation in the acquisition of the land for the expressway. In fact, the farmers are protesting against the government for not providing the compensation as the per 2013 Act of the land acquisition of the central government. The MSRDC is providing the compensation to the farmers for their land under the state highway Act.

He said that under the new Act, the farmers will be given less compensation for their lands. Speaking with reporters, State PWD minister (MSRDC) Eknath Shinde said that Rs 407 crores had been given to the farmers as compensation for their lands. As the government is giving five times of the current market price to the farmers the farmers are coming forward to give their lands.

When asked about the percentage of the acquired land is being merely seven per cent, Shinde claimed, “The acquisition procedure in itself is complicated and time consuming; hence it is taking some time.But we will complete the entire acquisition by December.”

When asked about funds being generated for the project, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MSRDC Bhushan Gagrani, who accompanied chief minister during the latter’s recent tour to South Korea, said, “Based on the recommendation sent by the union government, the South Korean government has agreed to provide a loan of Rs 35,000 crore for the project to state government. Besides, we are also in talks with Indian banks for providing us soft loan so that the project doesn’t get hampered.” Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway is a pet project of state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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