The Times Of India, Feb 1 2014, Aurangabad: The district administration has successfully completed the measurement process of 2,351 hectares of land that will be acquired in Bidkin for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. The administration now expects that the farmers will get Rs 1,300 crore as compensation for the acquired land by March-end.
District land acquisition officer Sambhaji Adkune said, “The administration supported by land record officials completed the process of measurement of 2,351 hectares of land to be acquired under the second phase of the DMIC project. The work was speedily completed under the directives of district collector Vikram Kumar in just 30 months.”
He said the administration is hoping that the state government would soon sanction Rs 1,300 crore to be distributed to the beneficiaries by March-end.
Pradeep Kumar Patil, deputy director, land records (Aurangabad division), said, “The work was expedited by using electronic total station (ETS) machines. The devise has helped in reducing time and manpower as well.”
“Moreover, four teams comprising employees of various departments including surveyors from land records department, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and revenue department employees were presses into service for the purpose. Manpower from various districts such as Ambad, Jalna, Parbhani, Aurangabad and Paithan were deputed for the work. Around 50 ETS machines were pressed into services,” said S R Joshi, deputy superintendent of land records office, Paithan.
“Though it took about five months to complete measurement of 500 hectares of land in the first phase at Karmad, it took only 30 months to complete the work in the second phase at Bidkin because of team work,” he added.
Meanwhile, of 2,351 hectares, the district administration has received consent letter for acquisition of 2,100 hectares of land from 2,297 farmers.
Land acquisition in the second phase under the DMIC project is being carried out in five villages — Bidkin, Banni Tanda, Bangal Tanda, Nilajgaon and Nandalgaon.
Adkune said though the administration has received consent letters from 95% of the farmers, 63 farmers have raised objections and hearing on their grievances is in progress. “The land acquisition process gained momentum after the state industries minister Narayan Rane offered a compensation of Rs 23 lakh per acre to the farmers at a meeting on October 23, 2013, in Mumbai,” he said.
“The acquisition of 555 hectares of land at Karmad was completed under the first phase of DMIC in October 2012, in which the beneficiaries were offered Rs 23 lakh per acre,” he added.