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

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Prerna ChaurasheLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

March 12, 2021

Location of Conflict

Rajguru nagar

,

Pune

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

900

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1705

ha

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

Between 2008 and 2009, about 1,700 hectares in four villages of Rajgurunagar were acquired to develop a multi-product 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.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

500

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

1705

ha

Starting Year

2015

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

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

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetty

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

May 2018

Why did the conflict end?

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