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Farmers refuse to give land for IT Park at Hinjewadi
Reporter | Saturday, 5 May 2012 AT 04:58 PM IST
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PIMPRI: Farmers from Mann village have opposed acquisition of  additional 37 hectares of land for development of the third phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park at Hinjewadi. 

 

The farmers led by Mangaon Bachao Kriti Samiti have submitted a memorandum to District Collector Vikas Deshmukh.

 

The district collectorate had on April 30, convened a meeting of the farmers to discuss the land acquisition. Some of the farmers, who attended the meeting, submitted a memorandum, registering their opposition to acquisition of their land.

 

The  memorandum said that the residents of Mann village had in the interest of the nation given their agricultural land to the MIDC for the second and third phases of the IT Park at throwaway prices.

 

The government had reserved 37 hectares for acquisition in 2005 and the proposal has been pending due to opposition. The farmers have already been using the reserved land for irrigated farming, residences and cattle sheds. The MIDC officials  had tried to discuss the acquisition issue with the farmers on September 22, last year, but  the meeting had to be wound up due to opposition from farmers.

 

The memorandum said that the farmers will not give an inch of their land and demanded cancellation of reservation on their land.

 

The memorandum was signed by Mangaon Bachao Kriti Samiti VP Maruti Mohite, secretary Malhari Bodke, treasurer Chandrakant Rakshe and advisor  Bhanudas Parkhi.

 

STICKING TO THEIR GUNS

The government had reserved 37 hectares of land for acquisition in 2005 and the proposal has been pending due to the opposition by the owners. The farmers have already been using the reserved land for irrigated farming, residences and cattle sheds. However, the memorandum said that the farmers will not give an inch of their land and demanded cancellation of reservation on their land.

 

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