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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.”

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