J&K junior Revenue Minister Ajaz Ahmad Khan has asked the collectors of land acquisition across the State to finalize all pending cases of land acquisition to ensure speedy implantation of the new highway connecting the twin capital cities. The new highway, a massive expansion of the existing one, would require taking over of 21376 kanals of land across 247 villages between Jammu and Srinagar of which 19600 kanals have already been taken over and handed over to the National Highway Authority of India, the new master of the new highway.
The meeting that Khan presided was informed that of the 7676 kanals in 59 villages required to be taken over for extension of the road project in Kashnir, 6500 kanals have been handed over to the user agency. Of Rs 418 crore received from NHAI, Rs 350 crore stands disbursed among the land owners while as Rs 179 crore is required to clear the balance.
Similarly in Jammu province, 13700 kanals in 188 villages are required to be taken over by NHAI out of which 13100 kanals have been handed over to the agency. The meeting was told that Rs 233 crore were received from NHAI as compensation out of which Rs 213 crore were disbursed and a balance of Rs 200 crore is required to clear the liability.
The Minister advised the collectors to comply with the provisions of Land Acquisition Act and complete the process of land acquisition without any lacuna. He asked the collectors to re double their efforts in this regard adding that we should facilitate the road connectivity across the State for the betterment of people. He said he would be reviewing the status of the land acquisition in the State after every two or three months.