`No land acquisition hurdle for Railways in WB`

Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 16:21

Kolkata: Railways are not facing any problem
for land acquisition in West Bengal for the eastern dedicated freight corridor project as the compensation offered is better
than that provided for under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, a
senior official said Friday.

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"There is no problem in acquiring land in the West Bengal portion of the corridor," Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Managing Director R K Gupta said today.
Gupta said land for the corridor was being acquired
under the Railway Acquisition Act of 2008, a special
legislation framed for the Railways. Compensation under the
Act was better than that offered under the Land Acquisition
Act, 1894.

For the corridor, the Railways would need nearly 1,000
acres of land between Sonenagar in Bihar to Dankuni in West
Bengal, Gupta told reporters on the sidelines of a CII
logistics seminar here.
Gupta said land was being acquired by the state`s revenue
officers who were the competent authority designated by the
Railways.

The eastern part of the freight corridor would stretch
between Ludhiana and Dankuni covering nearly 1,200 kilometres.

PTI




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