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Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor hits Sena hurdle

| | Mumbai | in Sunday Pioneer

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday that his party would oppose the Rs 800 km Mumbai-Nagpur ‘Samruddhi Corridor’ (Prosperity Corridor) till such time the BJP-led saffron alliance agreed not to acquire the farmers’ fertile land and instead promised good price for other tracts of land being acquired from farmers for the much-discussed project.

Upping the ante on the farmers’ issue yet again, Uddhav made it clear that the Sena would not tolerate any kind of pressure brought to bear on the farmers in matters relating to the acquisition of agriculture land for the  Rs 46,000 crore Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor project.

“The Sena will not rest till the state government meets all the demands of the farmers. We are with farmers till such time justice is done to them. We are totally opposed to the state government using fertile land belonging to the farmers for the Samruddhi Corridor project. We are also of the opinion that the farmers get right price for their infertile land to be acquired for the Samruddhi Corridor project,” Uddhav said.

Uddhav also disclosed that he had sent PWD Minister Eknath Shinde to Hingne to talks to farmers on the land acquisition for the  Samruddhi Corridor project. “We are opposed to farmers get intimidated by the government agencies engaged in the land acquisition process. The land acquisition process has been completed in Shinde’s presence,” he said.

Shinde, who was also present at the news conference, said: “I had gone personally to Hingne to ensure against injustice to farmers. In my effort to see that justice is done to farmers, I was present when the government agencies carried out the land acquisition process. The land acquisition is going on as per Uddhav Thackeray’s direction. For me, my party is more important than the ministerial post that I hold. I do not want to indulge in any kind of politics. My only objective is to see that farmers get just compensation for the land acquired from them for the Samruddhi Corridor project”.

Among other things, the developmental model adopted in 24 townships of nine districts in the state  identified under the Samruddhi Corridor project seeks to reduce drastically migration. Each township is being designed to generate 20,000 to 25,000 jobs. Having allocated Rs 12,000 crore for the 24 nodes, the state3 government has set the target of job creation for 4.8 to 6 lakh people in rural areas across Vidarbha, Marathwada, parts of North and Western Maharashtra and Konkan region.




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