PROJECT- HIT OPPOSE IT PARK AT MIDC, WARN OF AGITATION
The MIDC and Cidco PAP Shetkari Kruti Samiti has declared that it will allow the proposed integrated MIDC IT park only if the PAP’s demands are met.
The MIDC on Tuesday began a hearing on the issue to get to know the farmers’ opinion. The state government has given MIDC administration the powers to implement IT policy. Accordingly, MIDC has begun taking the views of the PAP at its office in MIDC.
PAP leader Shyam Mhatre said: “In the IT policy, the industrialists have been showered with incentives and facilities. They have been given exemptions in stamp duty, electricity bills and property tax. However, the farmers on whose land the policy will be implemented are a neglected lot. There was no representation from the farmers’ side when the policy was drafted.”
He added, “There is no provision of jobs to the local farmers or for business in the policy.”
Samiti president Manohar Patil said that though land from farmers was taken for industrialization, it has been lying unused for years. “They have been encroached upon while others have become debris dumping plots. This is gross injustice to the farmers,” he said.
He added, “We are opposed to the change of use of the land acquired for industrialization into that for IT company. If our demands are not met in the next assembly session, we will resort to rasta roko on Sion-Panvel highway and launch a massive agitation.”
MIDC chief planner Kamlakar Bafode said: “We will look into the issues and demands raised by the PAP farmers.”