'Not An Inch Of Land Forcefully Acquired For Samruddhi E-Way'
Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Eknath Shinde told the state Legislative Council that not even an inch of land for the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway was acquired forcefully. Shinde was replying to a query during the Question Hour by Congress MLC Husnabanu Khalife on December 19.
Khalife alleged that the farmers were being threatened and forcefully made to handover their land for the project.
"The measurement of 380 out of 392 villages has been completed. Meanwhile, discussions are underway in 12 villages where protests from farmers are being witnessed. Besides, no measurement of land is conducted in the villages witnessing protests and not a single inch of land is acquired forcefully," said Shinde.
Similarly, Congress member of the LC Sanjay Dutt alleged that sufficient funds were not available to complete the project as no banks were coming forward to lend money.
Shinde said there was no shortage of funds for the project.
"The MHADA has given Rs 1,000 crore, the SRA has given Rs 600 crore and the MMRDA has also provided funds to the project. The government has collected Rs 2,600 crore funds and Rs 2,300 crore has already been distributed among the farmers,” the minister said.
"Besides, 14 banks are ready to give Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 crore fund for the project. Hence, this project will not stall for wants of funds," the minister added.
With inputs from Housing News