Khed Special Economic Zone cancelled by CM Devendra Fadnavis calling it "injustice done to farmers"

Reported by

Prerna ChaurasheLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 5, 2021

Location of Conflict

Rajguru nagar

Pune

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

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People Affected by Conflict

900

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1705

ha

Starting Year

2015

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

Between 2008 and 2009, about 1,700 hectares in four villages of Rajgurunagar were acquired to develop a multiproduct special economic zone (SEZ). The four villages are Nimgaon, Kanersar, Davdi and Kendur. The SEZ was to be developed by Khed Economic Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (KEIPL), Bharat Forge Ltd, and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). However, Bharat Forge Ltd, a multinational firm, did not undertake development activity after 2009. Farmers from the region started protesting in 2015 over the status of the project as the project stood abandoned. Quoting the Land Acquisition Act 2013, the farmers, led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, demanded the land be handed back to them as it had not been used for many years. In January 2013, the Maharashtra government introduced an industrial policy which brought forth the policy of Integrated Industrial Area. This was to give an exit route to companies that were no longer interested in developing the SEZ. Yet, KEIPL transferred the land to Kalyani Developers Ltd and made the affected farmers its stakeholders. As per the land acquisition agreement, farmers of the four affected villages were promised 15 per cent of the developed land. The farmers moved to the Bombay High court to pursue their demands. In January 2018, MIDC announced that KEIPL had marked183.37 hectares of developed land for the farmers from the SEZ and it would construct roads and infrastructure on it. In May 2018, the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cancelled the Khed Special Economic zone. He said that injustice was being done to them and they were being cheated. He also promised to return the land back without any hurdle and waived off land transfer fees to the farmers.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised land, Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

500

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

May 2018

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Bombay; National Green Tribunal

Case Number

WP No. 37/2010; Appeal No. 24/2012

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts), Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Khed Economic Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Bharat Forge Pvt Ltd, Kalyani Group Pvt Ltd

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetty

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