Samruddhi Expressway: Co-ordinators appointed to hold talks with farmers

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Nashik: The process to acquire land for Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi expressway which is passing through the district has been started, but many farmers have some queries regarding the process. Some are confused over compensation for land and immovable properties. District administration has appointed 34 co-ordinators to clear the confusion of farmers. It will try to change the minds of farmers through these co-ordinators.

1290.8 hectares of land will be acquired for the Samruddhi expressway which is passing through Sinnar and Igatpuri talukas in the district. Lands of 3991 farmers from 49 villages will be affected. Farmers from some villages are strongly refusing to provide their lands for the expressway.

Affected farmers have formed an action committee to fight against the land acquisition. Though they vowed not to give an inch of land, lands of 17 farmers have been purchased so far and compensation credited into their bank accounts, informed the district administration.

In addition, 300 farmers have agreed to provide their lands, but some farmers have queries about compensation rates. Farmers are also confused over quantum of compensation to be given for immovable properties.

The district administration has appointed the co-ordinators in 34 villages to resolve queries of the farmers. Earlier, Magic Eye company had appointed o-ordinators in those parts of the state through which the expressway will pass.

As co-ordinators in Nashik were creating confusion among farmers here, intelligent youths from these villages itself having detailed information about their villages have been appointed as co-ordinators in respective villages. An honorarium of Rs. 15,000 is being paid to them every month. They are changing the minds of farmers by resolving their doubts and queries.

A review meeting tomorrow
The administration had declared compensation rates for land acquisition, but there are buildings, residences, cattle sheds, horticulture farms and wells on large scale on this route. A separate rate will be offered for them. In addition, these assets are being assessed through various departments. The District Collector had ordered these assets to be assessed within a week and a report about them tabled. A meeting has been organised under the District Collector tomorrow (Aug. 10) to take review of this.

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