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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:46 AM   #21
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A small update... here's a before-after rendering

As of Sept, land acquisition by the Uttar Pradesh state government is still underway
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Old November 26th, 2007, 07:03 AM   #22
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what is going on with this project?Has it broke ground
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Old December 1st, 2007, 04:54 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by shivy View Post
what is going on with this project?Has it broke ground
Not yet. It's still in the land acquisition phase.

Here's the latest update from November with more details:
Following September's Update, readers have asked for more details about the land acquisition. That information is included in this, our Latest Update.

The State Government of Uttar Pradesh is acquiring 660.57 acres of land in Kushinagar. The intention is that the land being purchased, along with nearly 90 acres already owned by the Government, will be leased to the Maitreya Project.

The Government’s records show that the land to be purchased is made up of 1,114 small plots, of which 984 are less than 1 acre in size.

As explained previously, India's Land Acquisition Act requires a 2-payment system of compensation. It is general practice in India that a low rate is declared at the time of the first payment. The first payment is essentially a deposit.

The next step is that the Government thoroughly examines each plot individually to determine the total value of the land and the amenities and resources on it. This process involves several governmental departments:

* The Public Works Department values each and every building: houses (both inhabited and ruined), outbuildings, lean-tos, tin sheds, and boundary walls.
* The Forest Department measures the girth and height of every tree to determine the value of the wood.
* The Irrigation Department values all wells, private irrigation drains, pump houses etc.

Once all this data is collected, only then can the final award for each landowner be declared.

Even though it is known that the amount of the second payment will be significantly larger than the first, the Government is still in the process of calculating the second payments.

To date, around 20% of the landowners have accepted the first payment, but the majority have not. We feel this is understandable, and that the majority are unlikely to accept a proposal until they know the final value to be placed on their land.

The proposed site was selected by the State Government after consultation with local people, specifically because it was relatively free of dwellings, and included a high percentage (approximately 40%) of unproductive land. However, 48 houses will need to be relocated if the land purchase is concluded as planned. These 48 households will therefore require the support of resettlement in addition to compensation for their land.

Compulsory land purchases are always highly emotive, whether they take place in the US, the UK, India, or elsewhere. Even though the Government of UP will own the land, Maitreya Project is well aware of its related ethical responsibility.

We have insisted from the beginning that the Government should meet with local leaders to work out agreeable settlements. We will support this process and are ready to attend meetings with all stakeholders: government, local civic groups and landowners whenever and wherever they are scheduled.

Maitreya Project has been assured by the State Government of UP that a very generous compensation package is being reserved for this acquisition and that those households requiring relocation will receive full and suitable support. It is understood that the State Government is planning the final compensation levels to be much higher than other recent acquisitions in even urban areas of the state — significantly above recent replacement purchase price levels in the area.

Some people have questioned whether the Government’s promises will come to fruition. The Project’s bottom line of control is that it will not proceed to lease the land offered by the Government of UP unless and until a full, fair, and agreeable settlement is reached with all stakeholders.

However, keeping in mind the long-term, sustainable benefits Maitreya Project will bring to the local community, the Project remains dedicated in its attempt to locate at Kushinagar, and at present we have every faith that the land purchase will be achieved to the satisfaction of all parties.

For more information about how Maitreya Project is structured and operates, how much funding has been received and how it has been spent since the beginning of Project records in 1990 to the end of December 2006, please click on these links:

With many thanks for your kind interest in the Maitreya Project,

Peter Kedge
Director and CEO
Maitreya Project International
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 10:23 PM   #24
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Thanka for all your efforts Jai !

Hope this noble project has now seen solid progress to fructify at the earliest.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #25
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We should be seeing some real movement on this project pretty soon.

Dept told to complete Maitreya Buddha project in Maya’s regime
Tarannum Manjul

Posted online: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 12:19:45
Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 12:19:45
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Lucknow, May 27 Following a directive from higher-ups, the proposed 500-ft Maitreya Buddha statue at Kushinagar will come up within the next four years. Officials in the department of culture said that they had been asked to speed up the work and ensure that the monument was completed within the present reign of Chief Minister Mayawati.

The sitting Buddha statue, which will be the highest in Asia, is part of the project conceived by the International Maitreya Foundation in 2005, after the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha. The foundation is based in Japan and Indonesia.

The project was getting delayed by hurdles of selecting suitable land and ensuring proper compensation to farmers. The department officials said they were told to ‘clear the deck’ for the foundation as the chief minister wanted it to be accomplished during her tenure.

Culture Minister Subhash Pandey said that they were trying their best to ensure that it was completed within the time. “Our job is to acquire the land and give it to the foundation. We are in the process of completing all formalities related to acquisition,” said Pandey. Culture department has already acquired the land at a cost of nearly Rs 100 crore.

The biggest such project in UP aims at bringing Kushinagar on the international tourist map. It comprises a colossal Maitreya Buddha statue, temples, exhibition halls, museum, library, audio-visual theatre, meditation pavilions, water fountains, tranquil pools and hospitality services. The project spread across 125 acres is estimated to cost nearly 195 million US dollars to be provided by the Maitreya Foundation.

The design of the premises, statue and the interiors has already been finalised by the foundation. It will be executed by internationally acclaimed architects and developers including Aros, Mott Macdonald, Larsen and Toubro Limited, Delcam and Fulcrum Consulting.

Besides the monument premises, the needs of surrounding areas are also being taken care of. The Kushinagar Special Development Area (KSDA) project will set up a hospital and education centre for underprivileged kids of the nearby areas.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #26
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This project is nothing short of stunning!
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Old May 30th, 2008, 01:57 PM   #27
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Great project. I have visited some of the large Buddha's in Sri Lanka, so look forward one day to visiting this one.
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