The government has released yet another instalment of Rs 75 crore to the district administration on Saturday to pay compensation to those farmers whose land was acquired for the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Earlier, the government had released two installments of Rs 100 crore and Rs 150 crore. Farmers of Bidkin, along with four other villages, will get a total compensation of Rs 1,314 crore in installments.
"The first instalment of Rs 100 crore has already been disbursed among farmers, while the disbursement of the second instalment of Rs 150 crore will start from Monday onwards," land acquisition officer Sambhaji Adkune said, adding that so far the district administration has received Rs 325 crore out of the total Rs 1,314 crore, while the remaining amount is expected to be received soon.
In all, 2,351 hectares of land in the five villages, namely Bidkin, Nilajgaon, Nandalgaon, Bannitanda and Banglatanda, was acquired at the rate of Rs 23 lakh per acre. The administration had sent a proposal for the compensation to the industry department much before starting the land acquisition process, which was sanctioned in February. However, disbursement of compensation got delayed due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections. The industry department had sent the first instalment of Rs 100 crore to the district administration at March-end and Rs 150 crore after 15 days. On Friday, the administration received the third instalment of Rs 75 crore.