Land acquisition for infrastructure projects, including expressways, should be made less painful for landowners and public-private partnership could be evolved for all such projects by making owners stakeholders in the project, said C. Kandasamy, Director-General (Roads) and Special Secretary to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, here on Thursday.

Mr. Kandasamy was speaking at a seminar on “Pilot Projects – Special Emphasis on Green Field Expressway in Karnataka” organised by Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Instead of completely displacing landowners from their place, they may be allowed to continue business and live within the vicinity of the project. In such a case, land owners will gain from increased commercial activities in the area, Mr. Kandasamy said. Conventional methods of building roads through governments or PPP could be replaced with a unified facilitator (special purpose vehicle); viability gap development rights; coordinated redevelopment of the city around flyovers; generating power through wind/solar energy along expressways; creating liveable cities, special economic zones, IT/ Textile parks, along expressways etc., Mr. Kandasamy said.

Expressway

In his opening remarks, FKCCI Infrastructure Committee chairman Prakash Mandoth said that the Union Government has proposed to build 18,000 km of expressway in the country by 2022, including 1,600 km in Karnataka.

The first phase of the project will cover Mangalore-Karwar-Panaji (400 km). Honnavar-Shimoga-Bangalore (325 km), Chitradurga-Solapur (400 km) and Bangalore-Mangalore (360 km) will be covered in the second phase, he said and added that the construction of Bangalore-Coimbatore stretch will be taken up in the third phase.

Mr. Mandoth said that a number of issues are associated with Greenfield Expressways and hence policy support is paramount.

The projects are cost intensive and would require long concession period and higher toll to break even. He said that as per the master plan prepared by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Greenfield Expressways will connect mainly ports, airports and major commercial hubs.

The roads will be constructed under the Ministry's Indian National Expressway Network (INEN) project under public-private partnership, for which fresh land will be acquired and new alignment will be drawn.


  • Landowners may be made stakeholders in such projects

  • ‘They may be allowed to continue their business'


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