Pune: The district administration acquired through direct purchase over 100 acres in one month for the Baramati-Phaltan-Lonand railway line, Pune-Miraj under Baramati and Daund-Purandar sub-divisions.
The new Baramati-Phaltan-Lonand single track railway is 63.65 km long of which 37.20 km cross Baramati taluka.
Private land has been acquired in 12 villages in Baramati taluka namely Latte, Malwadi, Kurnewadi, Khamgalwadi, Barhanpur, Netpatwalan, Sonakswadi, Dhakale, Thoptewadi, Karhavagaj, Sawantwadi and Tandulwadi for the railway project.
Land prices were set by a commission chaired by the tax collector. Besides 12 villages, MIDC land in Katphal will also be transferred for the project.
Out of 184 hectares acquired for the project, 70 hectares were acquired through direct purchase. A proposal has been submitted to the Nagpur Divisional Office of the Forestry Department to transfer the forest land allocated to the project.
“Of the ₹115 crores received for the purchase of land, ₹100 crore has been spent and a proposal has been filed to obtain funds for the continuation of the procurement process. The administration is trying to complete the process of purchasing the remaining private lands by the end of June 2022,” said District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh.
Over 87% of the private land allocated for the second line of the Pune-Miraj railway line has been purchased. A proposal submitted to the Forest Department for the transfer of 4 hectares of forest land needed for the project has been approved. The purchase of the remaining private land is expected to be finalized by September 2022.
“The stamp department worked on public holidays and late at night to secure land for the project. This success is due to the joint efforts of all departments,” Deshmukh said.