Samruddhi expressway: Provision of Rs 1200 cr will be required, estimates admin

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Nashik: A provision of Rs. 1200 crore will be required to acquire land for Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi expressway in Nashik district, the district administration has estimated. 17.78 hectares of land have been acquired in the district in last three days and more than 200 farmers have given their consent for land acquisition.

The process to purchase the land of these farmers will be completed within eight days, informed the administration.

Total 1290.80 hectares of land will be acquired from Igatpuri and Sinnar talukas in the district for Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi expressway which is an ambitious project of the Chief Minister. Around 3991 farmers are being affected due to this. As fertile land is also being affected by this project, there is a strong opposition for this project from Nashik district.

Affected farmers had met the Chief Minister who was on Nashik tour two days back and gave him a memorandum which was written using blood. He had assured them that he would convene a meeting regarding this soon.

Though farmers have vowed not to give an inch of land from Nashik, the administration has purchased lands of 20 farmers so far. A compensation of Rs. 18 crore has been credited into their bank accounts for this. Around 200 farmers have shown their readiness for land acquisition and farmers are asking about compensation rates, informed the administration.

As many immovable properties, wells, trees and farm ponds are being affected, their valuation is being done. There is a need to make provision of Rs. 1200 crore for this expressway, estimates the district administration. Government will provide funds to the district administration for land purchase as per approval by the farmers. Meanwhile, lands of three farmers were purchased at Igatpuri yesterday.

1.31 hectares of land owned by Maya Nagre, Satish Nagre and Babytai Nagre at Dhamangaon was purchased. A compensation of Rs. 2.24 crore was credited into their bank accounts. So far 17.89 hectares of land have been acquired for Samruddhi expressway.

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