Rajgurunagar-Khed SEZ cancelled due to injustice to farmers

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MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that his government cancelled the Rajgurunagar-Khed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as injustice was done to farmers of the area.

Fadnavis had recently cancelled the SEZ and also waived the Rs 23 crore stamp duty on the transfer of land to the project-affected people of four villages — Nimgaon, Kanersar, Dawadi and Kendur.

The chief minister was speaking to a farmers’ delegation led by Hatkanangle Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti. Shetti hailed the CM’s decision as positive and pro-farmer.

“The government has always given priority to the interests of farmers. When acquiring land, maximum compensation should be given. Efforts have been made to see that the rehabilitation of project-affected people is done well,” Fadnavis said.

In 2007, 1,250 hectares of land was acquired for the SEZ from the four villages. According to the contract, 15 per cent of this land was to be returned to project-affected people.

Source: Press Trust of India