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NH Land Acquisition On Fast Track

Bhubaneswar: The land acquisition process for construction of various national highway (NH) projects has been put on fast track mode in the State.

Thanks to Revenue and Disaster Management, Additional Chief Secretary, Satyabrata Sahu, who is personally monitoring it on regular basis.    

Mr.Sahu on Wednesday held a meeting to review the progress made on the land acquisition process. During the last one month, there has been substantial progress in the land acquisition process and compensation of around Rs 101 crore has been distributed to the affected people.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials have thanked Sahu and his team for their prompt response in this regard. Out of 21 villages coming under the Cuttack-Angul section of NH-55, land settlement has been completed in 17 villages and the acquired land has been handed over to the NHAI.

Similarly, land acquisition at 61 of 70 villages comes under Angul-Sambalpur section of NH-55 has been completed so far and the acquired land has been given to the NHAI.

Apart from the above projects, the ACS Mr.Sahu has asked the Koraput Collector to expedite the land acquisition process for the Sunki-Borigumma NH project. The Mayurbhanj district Collector was asked to regularly monitor the land acquisition progress for different NH projects in the district.

Further, ACS Mr.Sahu directed the NHAI officials to speed up the construction activities wherever the land acquisition has been completed.  

As State and National highways are plying important role for transportation, he asked all concerned officials to fast track the  land acquisition drives and handover the acquired land on priority basis.