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Shiv Sena not against Nagpur-Mumbai expressway: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

PWD Minister Eknath Shinde of the today his party leadership never opposed the Nagpur-expressway project which is facing opposition in certain districts over land issues.

Shinde's comments comes in the wake of chief last month expressing his opposition to of agricultural and fertile land for the road corridor.

Shinde was present at a function held on July 13 where farmers from Hingna tehsil of district gave away their lands for the venture.

At the event, six landholders signed sale deeds with the state to mark the land process for the project, also called 'samruddhi mahamarg' (prosperity expressway).

"The leadership was never against the samruddhi mahamarg. We only wanted to protect farmer interest and hence I visited for witnessing the signing of land sale deeds. It's a development project and we will not oppose it if issues raised by land owners are addressed," Shinde, the leader of the Shiv Sena in the assembly, said.

Officially called the Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE), the project is estimated to cost Rs 46,000 crore and will pass through Nagpur, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Thane, Aurangabad, Akola, Bhiwandi and Nashik districts.

The project is facing opposition from farmers in some pockets along its 700km route, especially in Nashik district.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 17:57 IST