Maha govt to acquire land for freight corridor

The Maharashtra government has planned to procure 70,000 hectare of land to set up a dedicated high speed freight roadway under the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai-Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. “We plan to acquire the land over the next three years. Acquisition and making funds available are not an issue,’’ said industries minister Rajendra Darda. The minister made this announcement after the cabinet meeting . Aziz Khan, principal secretary (industries), said the land acquired will be used for dedicated freight services between Delhi and Mumbai. The DMIC will link 10 cities with a population of over 1 million. The corridor would include six mega investment regions of 200 sq km each and will run through Delhi, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and MP. The state government had recently announced that it would form a high power committee to expedite the work on DMIC. The committee, headed by chief secretary, will look into the land acquisition and other roadblocks in the project.

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