Revitalizing the Ring Road Project: District Administration Initiates Fresh Notices for Land Acquisition

The district administration is gearing up to issue fresh notices to farmers for land acquisition in the ambitious Ring Road project by the end of June. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the evaluation of land had been completed earlier, but the compensation offered was deemed insufficient by the majority of farmers. Consequently, the state government intervened and mandated a re-evaluation of the compensation to be awarded to the farmers. The revised compensation rates have been determined based on the land value and transactions recorded over the past five years. The fresh notices will provide details such as the extent of land to be acquired and the revised compensation rate.

Rajesh Deshmukh, the district collector, confirmed that the re-evaluation of the eastern portion of the land earmarked for the Ring Road project is in its final stages. “Farmers will be compensated as per the revised directives from the state government. Notices regarding land acquisition and compensation will be dispatched to the farmers soon,” Deshmukh stated.

He further explained that within 15 days following the end of June, the district administration will initiate the process of obtaining written consent and agreement from the farmers to expedite the land acquisition procedure. Farmers who voluntarily come forward to surrender their land will be eligible for additional compensation, Deshmukh added.

The land acquisition department has also completed the re-evaluation of the western side of the Ring Road project, and notices requesting land in exchange for increased compensation will be issued during the second week of July.

The construction of the ambitious Ring Road, spanning 172 kilometers and estimated to cost Rs 18,000 crores, has faced significant delays. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) proposed this 172-kilometer, 110-meter-wide Ring Road to alleviate congestion in Pune city, including Pimpri-Chinchwad. Private land in 32 villages will be acquired for the project. These villages consist of Parandwadi, Dhamane, Urse, Pachane, Bebadohol, and Chandkhed in Maval taluka; Kasaramboli, Ambadvet, Katwadi, Ghotwade, Moterewadi, Javal, Rihe, Pimpoli, Kemesewadi, Urawade, Padalgharwadi, Ambegaon, Marnewadi, and Muthe in Mulshi taluka; Bahuli, Bhagatwadi, Mordarwadi, Mandvi Budruk, Sangrun, Khamgaon Maval, Kalyan, Vardade, Rahatwade, and Thoptewadi in Haveli taluka; and Ranje and Kusgaon in Bhor taluka. A total of 1,900 hectares of land will be acquired from 87 villages encircling the city, and the construction is projected to be completed by May 2026.

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