Kerala govt’s land acquisition for NH66 expansion nears 100 per cent

Haripad: The Kerala government has acquired 98.92 percent of the land required for the development of National Highway 66.

1070.42 hectares of the 1082.07 hectares of land needed to widen the road into six lanes have been acquired. The land is spread over nine coastal districts from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, the land acquisition did not face much opposition from the affected people unlike in the case of NH 544 or other public projects.

Private land and buildings were given double the rate under the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 as per the right to compensation and transparency. Protests were avoided because the amount offered was sufficient.

Of the Rs 22,186.45 cr given to the Special Deputy Collector, Rs 21,218.45 cr has already been distributed.

The road widening process started in 2010. Land acquisition notifications were issued in several districts, but the lapse in final notification within a year delayed the process. It gained momentum again in 2018.

Only 610 of the 39,139 structures on the acquired land are to be demolished.

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