Nagpur: The Maharashtra Government informed the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court that it would be paying five times compensation to about 41 farmers from Hingna whose land was being acquired for the ambitious Samruddhi Mahamarg (Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway) project. The government has further informed the court that a notification was issued in this regard on November 24.
The proposed Samruddhi Mahamarg, the dream project of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, will pass through 10 districts of the State. Accordingly, the process of land acquisition is going on. According to Land Acquisition Act, the due compensation and 25 percent additional compensation which amounts to five times compensation is being provided to the farmers in the state. However, farmers from villages Sukli, Waifal, Datala, Pimpaldhan, Salai, and Dhaba of Hingna Tehsil approached the High Court and contended that the government was offering them only 2.5% compensation of the market price after Hingna was brought under the jurisdiction of city’s metropolitan region. They argued that even if their lands were brought under the ambit of the metropolitan area, they were still surviving on farming, their only source of income. The farmers cited the case of Wardha farmers who were getting five times compensation of their lands being acquired for the project, which would pass through ten districts.
Following the State Government’s assertion in the High Court about five times compensation to the aggrieved farmers, the High Court on Tuesday then disposed of the plea of the farmers.
Counsel Pradeep Kshirsagar represented the farmers. Additional Government Pleader Sanjay Doifode appeared on behalf of the state government.