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Farmers raise concern against land acquisition for mega projects

With various mega infrastructural projects like Ring road and Pune- Nashik railway in the works, farmers have raised various concerns against land acquisition in Pune district
By Abhay Khairnar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 09:12 PM IST

With various mega infrastructural projects like Ring road and Pune- Nashik railway in the works, farmers have raised various concerns against land acquisition in Pune district.

A meeting was held at circuit house on Friday to discuss various issues raised by farmers by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Amol Kolhe with Maha Rail, MSRDC and district officials.

Farmers are raising concerns and blaming that no one is listening to their voice, the review meet was held to after these concerns came to light.

Some farmer representatives were present for the meeting along with officials. Kolhe confirmed about the meeting and said that administration promised to consider each complaint raised by land owners.

Official sources said on anonymity that mainly all mega projects are going from Haveli Taluka in Pune district. Some farmers need to give land for two or more projects and they are becoming landless. By considering this, the main opposition to the projects is from Haveli taluka.

The administration decided to consider individual complaints rather than general objections for the project.

The work of Pune - Nashik railway is in progress. Once the land will get acquired, authorities are hoping that it would get completed in record time.

Administrative sources said that the farmers are asking exact rate for land compensation. As per new land acquisition law, it would be five times of existing ready reckoner rates, but the administration will take time to calculate land rate for each village.

Sources said that for rail project, authorities are empowered to do negotiations with land owner as it would help themto acquire land speedily.

The administration put challenges in front of them in this meeting, meanwhile Maha rail officers confirmed that land acquisition started in each taluka and district which are falling in Pune Nashik rail route.

Even pamphlets have been distributed to the project affected farmers to give them a brief about project and how it will bring growth.

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