Nagpur-Mumbai expressway snippets

The Nashik district administration began the process of buying land from farmers for the state government's ambitious 700 km-long Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway, known as Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, being constructed at a cost of over Rs.46,000 crore.

Over 10 hectares of land from 13 farmers -one in Igtapuri taluka and the rest in Sinnar taluka -have been acquired under the direct purchase scheme, where farmers willingly sold their land for an attractive compensation package. An amount of over Rs.12 crore has already been transferred by the district administration to the 13 farmers through RTGS.

The quantum of compensation each farmer gets depends on the size of the land as well as property (if any) like houses, wells and so on. The compensation package ranges from Rs.40.99 lakh to 84.71 lakh for one hectare of rain-fed land. The rate for semi-irrigated land is 1.5 times higher than rain-fed land and two times more for fully irrigated land.The farmers also get 2.5 times the value of the property .

Nashik is one of the districts where a section of the farmers are refusing to part with their land for the project.

Nashik divisional commissioner Mahesh Zagade initiated the land purchase process in Igatpuri taluka on Saturday morning. Zagade signed the documents to purchase land from the farmers after which registration of the land at the office of the sub-registrar was carried out. Thereafter, similar exercises were undertaken in Sinnar taluka.

Both Zagade and Radhakrishnan praised the farmers who volunteered to sell their land. “It's a very attractive compensation the farmers are getting for direct sale of land to the local administration,“ said Zagade. “More importantly, the compensation has been transferred within 20 minutes after completion of formalities,“ he added.

He appealed to the farmers not to squander the money they got as compensation.

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