The land acquisition process for the proposed Astaranga Port in Puri district and Subarnarekha Port in Baleswar district is in progress. The concerned companies have already paid money towards establishment cost and alienation cost for parts of land to be acquired.
Commerce Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi informed this in the State Assembly in response to a question of BJD MlA Ranendra Pratap Swain on Saturday.
While the Astaranga Port requires 1670.1 acres of Government land and 3926.729 acares of private land, the Subarnarekha Port needs 1433.5 acres of Government and 1120.94 acres private land.
The Navayuga Engineering Company limited, which had signed MoU with the State Government in 2010 to establish a port at Astaranga in Puri district, has so far given a total of `14,18,13,512 towards establishment cost for land acquisition for the proposed port. The amount include `5,67,43,949 for acquisition of 2435.867 acres of private land required for port and`8,50,49,563 for acquisition of 1490.862 acres of private land required for railway corridor.
Similarly, a total of 692.68 acres of land belonging to Revenue Department, which would be given to the proposed Subarnarekha Port, has been alienated to Commerce Department. The Creative Port Private limited, which will establish the port, has given `1, 04, 80,248 as incidental charge for alienation of the said land.
However, the land have not been transferred to the company as a case is pending at the Odisha High Court, the Minister informed.