Farmers have moved the Bombay High Court against the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway as they are being forced to evict their lands for the project. The farmers claimed that their fundamental rights were being violated.Twelve agriculturists and the Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, an association of farmers and land owners in Thane district, are opposing the Samrudhhi Expressway project. Around 27 villages in Shahpur taluka and co-operative societies have expressed their objection to the project. The petition challenges the constitutional validity of the provisions of The Maharashtra Highways (Amended) Act, 2016 and the Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955. ‘Illegal methods used’The petition states that the government adopted illegal measures to acquire their land. It claimed that due process of law was not followed and the police force, the paramilitary force and the revenue machinery was used to pressure thousands of land owners to give up their land.The petitions alleges that the proposed project would pass through 155.98 hectares of forest land and the ghat section and it has not received clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.The plea opposes the compensation given to landowners and farmers affected by the project under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.A Division Bench will hear the plea on Wednesday.
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