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Updated: 06-01-2019 12:43 IST

Thane Guardian Minister

Eknath Shinde has asked the district collector to inquire into

the allegations of irregularities in the Maharashtra Samruddhi

Mahamarg project.

At the district planning committee meeting here on

Saturday, BJP MLA from Murbad (Thane) Kisan Kathore alleged

that some revenue officials were involved in irregularities in

the acquisition of land in the district and payment of

compensation to farmers and villagers affected by the project.

Taking a serious note of the charges, Shinde asked

Collector Rajesh Narvekar to conduct a probe into it.

The Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway,also

known as theMaharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg,is a planned

701km-long, eight-lane expressway that will run through 10

districts in the state.

It is expected to cut travel time between the two

cities to eight hours from the current 15 hours.

It is estimated to cost Rs 46,000 crore and will pass

through Nagpur, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Thane,

Aurangabad, Akola, Bhiwandi and Nashik districts.

The project is facing opposition from farmers in some

pockets along its 700-km route, especially in Nashik district.

Meanwhile, Shinde also approved a Rs 20 crore annual

plan for the Thane district for 2019-20.

He directed the district officials to utilise the

funds to complete the pending works well before the Lok Sabha

polls due later this year.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)