State, MSRDC assure HC of fair compensation to land-owners for ‘Samruddhi Mahamarg’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jul 2018 09:32:23


Legal Correspondent,

State Government and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) have conceded before the High Court division bench consisting of Justice Ravi K Deshpande and Justice Arun D Upadhye that they would be paying compensation to land-owners for the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway -- also known as ‘Samruddhi Mahamarg’ -- in accordance with Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013.

Against the backdrop of this concession, the Court disposed of two writ petitions filed by Amol Dandge and five other land-owners from Amravati district. Through one of their prayers, they were seeking direction from the Court to the State PWD Secretary and the Sub-Divisional Officer, Chandur Railway, not to acquire their agricultural land for construction of the Expressway.

The Court declined to issue any such direction stating that ‘it is a matter of policy and the propriety and justification of policy cannot be interfered with by this Court’ and rejected the said prayer. Citing the same reason, the Court also rejected the petitioners’ prayer, to continue to use the existing road from Nagpur to Mumbai for the construction of the Expressway.

Another prayer for direction to the respondents was that they should protect the environment during construction of the Expressway. Responding to this prayer, the Court stated that it had no doubt that the respondents would be sensitive regarding this problem.

Adv Vishal Anand appeared for the petitioners. Government Pleader Sumant Deopujari (State) and Adv A D Mohgaonkar (MSRDC) represented the respondents.