The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation is conducting measurements at the protest-hit Kelwade village in Bhor tehsil and will complete the land survey for the proposed western ring road by Friday.
“The western and eastern ring roads will start at Urse toll plaza and merge with the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway at Kelwade village. Thus, land acquisition is a crucial step. We will have to acquire 12.7 hectares in the village alone,” said a senior MSRDC official.
Sandeep Patil, executive engineer and land acquisition in-charge, who held several rounds of the meeting with the farmers from the village, said, “We have heard the farmers’ side on several occasions. They wanted to change the alignment of the road. According to them, the irrigated land should not be acquired for the project. Considering their concerns, we have prepared a proposal and submitted it to the state government a few months ago. No decision has been taken yet.”
The authorities have ramped up the land acquisition process for the western ring road as they have to complete the acquisition process by awarding compensation amounts to the farmers.