Kozhikode- Palakkad Greenfield NH: Notification for land acquisition to be released by April-end

Illustration of the alignment of proposed Greenfield National Highway

Malappuram: The 3A notification of land acquisition for the Kozhikode- Palakkad Greenfield National Highway under the Bharatmala project of the Union Transport ministry will be released by the end of April. The release of notification was delayed due to the procedures of National Highway 66.

The National Highway will be constructed as a combined project of the Central and State governments.

The highway which stretches between Palakkad and Pantheerankavu in Kozhikode has a length of 121 kilometres. 52.96 kilometres pass through 15 villages of Kondotty, Eranad, Nilambur and Perinthalmanna taluks. Out of the total 547.41 hectares of land which has to be obtained, 236 hectares is located in Malappuram.

The six lane Greenfield highway with a width of 45 metres will pass through the underdeveloped regions of these districts by connecting Ernakulam- Salem and Panvel- Kanyakumari National Highways.

Fare compensations assured

TPF Engineering Private Limited, headquartered at Mumbai, has been entrusted as consultant for the feasibility studies of land acquisition. The company has submitted its report to the deputy collectors of the concerned districts.

25 per cent of the compensation will be borne by the state government while the remaining amount has to be paid by the National Highway Authority. The compensation will be determined by multiplying the base value of land with figures between 1.2 to 2, by considering the distance from borders of the municipality.

If the compensation is being dispensed after a year of acquisition, the land owner can claim 12 per cent of the base value extra with the already determined price.

Separate compensations have to be provided for land, buildings, crops, trees and so on.

The land owners who give away their properties for the highway are eligible for rehabilitation too.

An extra amount of Rs 2.86 lakh will be distributed for houses, Rs 75,000 for buildings for trade and Rs 25,000 for cattle sheds and small stores along with the estimated base value.

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