Railways not facing land acquisition hurdle in WB: DFCC

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Kolkata, Jul 22: 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 today (Jul 22).

"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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