On Samruddhi Mahamarg, The state Cabinet on Tuesday issued an ordinance to provide higher compensation and expedite the process of land acquisition for highway projects across urban and rural Maharashtra. According to the mandate given by the state government, the people whose land will be used for the highway will be given four times more land compensation or ready reckoner price and those who are not ready to sell there lands government will directly acquire land by changing the law.
This six-lane access-controlled corridor between Nagpur and Mumbai aka Samruddhi Mahamarg is of 701 kilometers (kms) and will cost around Rs 46,000 crore. This expressway will have service roads on both sides that will basically connect the underpasses. There will be more than 600 exit points for vehicles and pedestrians. Within every one km distance, there would be an underpass. Further, this east-west corridor will also have north-south connectivity (interchanges).
Under the provisions of the right to compensation and transparency in the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation Act 2018, the state government has been convinced that the barriers to large public projects will be stopped. It has incorporated various provisions through amendments to ensure compensation to farmers and individuals whose land have been acquired for highway, district highway or rural road projects get four times higher land rates than the ready reckoner (registered price).
“So far we have purchased land from farmers by consent. But from now on we will directly acquire the land from farmers who have not come forward to sell their land. However they can still volunteer to sell their land and receive four times the value of the land,” said a senior MSRDC official.
‘’MSRDC has acquired 80 percent of the land for the construction of Maharashtra Samrudhi corridor, but we need more 1900 hectares of land. but for this we need to make changes in the law, we apply for these changes. It should be done in the next two months’’. He added.
Of the 8,604 hectares land required for the construction of the 704-km Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, 6,679.93 hectares has been acquired. For this 17,749 farmers have been paid a compensation of Rs 4,628.18 crore. The changes of law will apply to those farmers who did not give their land for the project by their own wish.
Now one can say government officials are using a bit harsh some might say threatening language when they say ‘we will directly acquire the land from farmers’ and for that, they are ready to ‘change the law’, but farmers of Maharashtra must ignore such small things when the whole nation is waiting to happen Vikas.