Samruddhi affected should not take rabi crops, instructs admin

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Nashik: Around 900 hectares of land has been acquired from Igatpuri and Sinnar talukas for Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi corridor which passes through the district. Compensation has been given for farmers for this and lands have also been taken into possession.

However, as work of the corridor has not started yet, farmers can take rabi crops on these lands. The administration has taken these lands into its possession and farmers should not take crops on them, instructed deputy district collector Vitthal Sonawane.

So far, 929 hectares of land, out of total 1200 hectares of land has been purchased for Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi corridor, which has been known as an ambitious project by Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis’ government.

The rest land will be acquired forcefully and a process for this is being on. District administration is taking efforts since last one-and-half year to get land for the corridor. Five-fold amount of the market price was given to farmers under the direct land purchase scheme.

The corridor which passes through ten districts witnessed a strong opposition from Nashik. Farmers from Shivde as well as 4-5 villages opposed land measurement and earmarking.
Following a meeting held in the presence of Public Works Minister Eknath Shinde, opposition in these villages softened.

After this, the land measurement which was delayed was completed. Earmarking of the land was also completed. A total compensation was paid to farmers and lands have been possessed. Currently, earmarking of these lands is being on.

There is a possibility that construction work can require 2-3 months to begin. In the meantime, farmers can take crops on the lands. As the administration has possessed them, crops should not be taken on them, instructed Vitthal Sonawane.

Meanwhile, Rs. 784 crore has been paid to 4250 farmers in the form of compensation. Houses of many are being affected by the corridor. Survey of such houses has been conducted and separate rates have been fixed for them.

Accordingly, compensation is being paid to affected after valuation. Those residents should leave their houses whose process of possession has been completed, administration instructed.

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