The land acquisition process for the construction of the Calvim-Aldona bridge is finally nearing completion and compensation claims under Section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, are likely to be awarded by this month-end.
The work on the project in the river portion was initiated last month. Sanjit Rodrigues, managing director of the Goa State Infrastructure Corporation (GSIDC), said, "We are on schedule to complete the work by June next year."
The work on the project has been initiated to make up for the delay caused by hassles in the land acquisition process, which only started in June 2012. "We have started work in the river bed," said Rodrigues when told that the land acquisition process has not been completed yet. M V R Infra Project has been awarded the tender at an estimated cost of 55 crore.
The deputy collector in charge of the land acquisition, Anthony D'Souza, said that he has heard all the land owners over their compensation claims, as required under Sections 9 and 10 of the Land Acquisition Act.
"We have given the parties about 15 to 20 days to submit documents, if any. We expect to issue claims under Section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act by the end of the month," said D'Souza.
The land acquisition process for Calvim bridge was initiated in June when a preliminary notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act was issued. A total of 27,465 sq m of land from Aldona and Calvim villages is being acquired for the proposed bridge. Land admeasuring 14,194 sq m comprising forest, mangrove and settlement zone is being acquired from Aldona village and 13,271 sq m of land consisting of paddy fields is being acquired from Calvim village. D'Souza said they have managed to complete a major part of the land acquisition process in the last five months without invoking an urgency clause. Though a major part of the work is done, the process will be completed after the relevant section declaring the award of the land is notified in the official gazette.
After the compensation claims are finalized, the government's approval will be taken. "The compensation amount will be more than 25 lakh. As a result, we are required to seek the government's permission before issuing cheques," said D'Souza. [TOI]