Samruddhi Mahamarg: Distt admin acquires 83% of required land

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2018 11:11:05


Staff Reporter,

The district administration has acquired 83 per cent of the land required for the State Government’s ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Communication Super Expressway or Samruddhi Mahamarg. The process has picked up pace, said Sachin Kurve, District Collector.

According to Kurve, the project required 315 hectares of land including 16 hectares of forest land. Of the 299 hectares non-forest land required for the project, 83 per cent has been acquired in Nagpur district, he said. Of a total 272 sale deeds required to be done, 202 have been done. Asked about delay in acquisition of land, he told reporters that there were issues relating to property shares within families. But, now, problems are being sorted out and the process has gained momentum, he added.

Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and in-charge of Samruddhi Mahamarg project, had asked the officers in various districts to expedite the process of land acquisition. He had asked the administrative heads to ensure that 50 per cent of the land required for the ambitious project was acquired by January 15, 2018. As a result, the administrative officers in various districts had swung into action.

However, whether the acquisition is up to desired level may be clear by January 15 only. It will decide if bhoomipujan of the project is performed in January. Speaking to reporters at Nagpur in October 2017, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that bhoomipujan would be performed in January 2018. The fine-tuning of technical aspects is being done with Korea regarding formation of a special purpose vehicle, and a team has been activated in this regard. There is no problem with funds, as bankers also are willing to finance, he had said.

MSRDC is the Development Authority for all 24 Nodes (Smart Cities) to be developed along the Expressway. Maharashtra Government will provide Rs 500 crore to MSRDC to develop new townships in each revenue division. Godowns, cold storages, agro processing centres, industrial training institutes will be set up in each township with a major focus on agricultural prosperity. For the Samruddhi Mahamarg, a stretch of 120 metres wide land has to be acquired. As there is a proposal to develop 24 new cities (nodes) on the lines of Smart Cities, 400-500 hectares of land is required at a distance of every 30-40 kms along the Expressway.

The Expressway will start from Shivmadka village in Nagpur district, and will end at Wadpe in Thane district. The major connecting points in Vidarbha include Shivmadka, Butibori, Seloo, Pulgaon, Teli, Pulgaon, Dhamangaon Railway, Nandgaon Khandeshwar, Karanja Lad, Seloo Bazar, Malegaon Jahangir, Mehkar, Bibi, and Sindkhed Raja. The eight-lane access-controlled Expressway with a width of 120 metres will reduce the travel time between Nagpur and Mumbai drastically. Free telephony service, wi-fi facility, and CCTV cameras will be available along the Expressway.