Dispute over Samruddhi expressway reaches HC


Nashik: Farmers from Nashik district have shown opposition to giving land for Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi expressway, which is an ambitious project of the Chief Minister.

As district administration as per government order has started a process to buy land directly through negotiations, farmers from Shivde village rushed to the High Court against this and filed a petition demanding cancellation of the expressway passing through the village and urging an alternate route to be found.Hearing over this will be held on June 12.
Land from Sinnar and Igatpuri talukas will be acquired for this 710-km expressway. Farmers from 26 villages in Sinnar taluka and 23 villages in Igatpuri taluka have shown strong opposition to giving their land. Like farmers’ agitation, Nashik is the centre of the agitation against Samruddhi expressway. Farmers from Shivde village will be destroyed if their land is given for the expressway. 101 km stretch of the expressway is passing through Nashik district. 3000 farmers will be destroyed for a stretch of just 7 km.
Two-lane Ghoti-Sinnar highway was constructed eight years back. Samruddhi expressway is crossing this highway at three places. Government should consider Mhaiswalan route as an alternative for Shivde village route, mentions the petition. Option of land pooling was given initially and notice to farmers for direct purchase of land is illegal. Land measurement is also illegal and farmers were not taken into confidence for this, the petition mentions further.
A farmer named Somnath Wagh has been given the responsibility to present the side of the Shivde villagers. Adv. Ratankumar Icham and Adv. Rameshwar Gite from Mumbai have jointly filed this petition.