‘Will complete Samruddhi project after holding talks with farmers’

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Nashik : “80% people have no opposition to Samruddhi expressway project, but there is opposition at some places. We will acquire land there after holding talks with farmers. Discussions about this have been started. This expressway will change picture of Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra. Failure of this project will be a loss for these three regions. Taking into account this, this expressway will be constructed after holding discussions with farmers and resolving their difficulties,” informed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

He was interacting with mediapersons yesterday after holding a review meeting at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan. Over current opposition to Samruddhi project, the Chief Minister said, “Measurement of 670 km land out of 700 km land for this expressway has been completed. There is no opposition by farmers at 80% places, but there is opposition at some places. The land will be acquired after holding discussions with farmers. Farmers are giving their support at most places.

We will acquire only 38 acres of land from those villages where farmers are opposing. Only 14 farmers will be affected. Without measurement of land, how we know to acquire land or not. A request was made to farmers for land measurement. Despite this, measurement was not allowed in 30-km area. We will hold discussions with farmers and after fulfilling their demands this expressway will be completed,” he made it clear.

While replying over question regarding strike by farmers from June 1, the Chief Minister informed, “Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phudkar is holding discussions with them and we will also hold discussions with some farmers.” There is no reason to shift thermal power station at Eklhare to other place as state government has necessary and surplus electricity, he clarified.

While giving information about the review meeting at NMC, the chief Minister stated, “Municipal Commissioner tabled presentations on various things. Mayor, standing committee chairperson and group leaders of various parties also tabled some things and we took note of this. I asked to focus attention on four things. Priority should be given to solid waste management, management of sewage, drinking water and traffic system. Discussions were held over government schemes for this.

“In addition, discussions were also held on conservation of Godavari river. Efforts will be made for bringing Nashik city into top ten cities in cleanest city index next year. As we adopted Nashik city, we will conduct meetings and will take review in certain period regarding problems of the city. If needed meetings will be conducted at Mumbai. Development of Nashik will get momentum after today’s meeting,” he hopes. The Chief Minister refused to recruit sanitary workers in NMC by stating to give approval for recruitment of necessary posts only.

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