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Land acquisition begins for Nagpur-Mumbai expressway

Press Trust of India  |  Thane 

Land process began today for the government's ambitious Nagpur-expressway project with half a dozen farmers giving away their lands for the venture.

Six landholders signed sale deeds to mark the land process for the project, which is also called samruddhi corridor.

The sale deeds were registered at Hingna tehsil office in district, the State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is executing the project, said in a release.

Minister for Public Works (Public Undertakings) Eknath Shinde, Joint Managing Director of MSRDC Kiran Kurundkar and District Collector Sachin Kurve were present at the occasion.

Local resident Ram Asre Jokhulal Sahu became the first person to sell the land for the project and receive compensation. Besides him, five other landholders also signed sale deeds and received compensation, the release said.

A compensation of Rs 2.59 crore was paid to the landholders who sold 3.5 hectares in Hingna tehsil to the state government, it said.

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

The project is facing opposition from farmers in Nashik district.

In Nagpur district, the state will be acquiring 207 hectares.

Speaking on the occasion, Shinde said, "The NMSCE will be an expressway to prosperity. It will be a game changer for Maharashtra and ensure economic stability in the state.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 00:07 IST