The National Highways Authority of India, the implementing agency expressed immense pleasure on the picking pace of the central and state governments’ ambitious 277km Chennai-Salem Greenfield highway project under the Bharatmala Pariyojana scheme. In fact, NHAI has recently published a notification for land acquisition in Tiruvannamalai district.
The notification highlights the complete preview of all the villages and land parcels through which the road would be constructed in the district. This Rs 10,000crore road primarily aims to meet a top speed of 120 km per hour and would go through 159 villages in Tiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram, Dharmapuri , Krishnagiri, and Salem districts. Agency plans to name this road NH 179 A and 179 B. Study reveals that approximately 1,900 hectares of land, which also includes 400 hectares of government poramboke land under nine forest ranges in Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram districts will be attained for the project. Moreover, maximum land that will be attained in Tiruvannamalai district as the road will go through 74 villages in the district.
Also, 1,306 hectares of land, in addition to government poramboke land, will also be acquired for the project in Chengam, Chetpet, Vandavasi, Polur, Cheyyar and Tiruvannamalai taluks in Tiruvannamalai district. However, as the land belongs to 7,237 people, many villages are objecting to the project. Though, the agency is assuring to compensate two to three times their land value.
The notification has been issued as per the provisions of section 3 A (Power to acquire land) of the National Highways Act 1956. As per NHAI official, “We have shared the details available for the public via advertisement as per the standard procedure and Act to notify the intent of acquiring the land for the project”.