The Centre is ready to pay a high compensation package,including jobs,to those who will lose their land for widening of NH-34 from Behrampore in Murshidabad district to Dalkhola in North Dinajpur.
This was stated by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at his parliamentary constituency Jangipur on Sunday.
The National Highway Authority of India will provide employment to the land losers as much as possible, said Mukherjee who laid the foundation for expansion of NH-34 at Jangipur.
In the first phase of the expansion of the NH-34 256 kilometres from Behrampore to Dalkhola from two lanes to four lanes,about 300 hectares of land would be required. In the second phase 226 kilometres from Dum Dum to Behrampore another 380 hectares of land will be acquired for widening the highway.
A high compensation package will be announced after discussing the issue with local farmers,he said. It may take time to resolve the land acquisition process for the project,but there is no other option than to acquire the land for widening the raod, Mukherjee said.
He also said that the project,which will cost Rs 3,200 crore and is being carried out on a Public Private Partnership,would be finished in about 30 months. The bidding process for the second phase is,meanwhile,underway.