Mayawati announces rehabilitation package for Expressway Project

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Lucknow, Dec 24 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government, in order to pacify the affected families of the mega Ganga Expressway Project, today announced major rehabilitation scheme for them including adequate compensation, additional ex-gratia, jobs, free housing plots and shares in the companies developing the projects.

The new rehabilitation scheme was approved by the state cabinet here.

Giving the details of the rehabilitation scheme, Chief Minister Mayawati said her government was concerned about the peoples' problem on the acquisition of the land for the mega Rs 40,000 crore and 1,000 km project.

''One member of every family will be provided with job in the developing company, whose land would be acquired. Those who give up their houses under the acquisition would be provided free housing plots,'' she said.

The CM said arrangements would be made for reserving 15 per cent shares to the displaced people in these developing companies, while financial assistance of minimum Rs 25,000 would be given to the people having shops and other business establishments.

''All the people will be paid ex-gratia of minimum Rs 10,000 along with adequate compensation of their acquired land,'' she added.

The displaced families would also be provided rehabilitation payment for one year from the date of displacement for minimum of 25 days of wages per month.

The affected people would also be given transportation fund, Rs 10,000 each family and additional Rs 5000 for their cattle to shift to other places after the acquisition.

The entire expenditure for the rehabilitation programme would be borne by the developing companies, she added.

Meanwhile, the final bids for the Ganga Expressway would be opened on January 13.

Altogether, 15 renowned Indian and foreign companies are competing for the project, which will be developed in four parts.

UNI

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