The state government has finalised the names of farmers affected by the Khed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) whose land records would soon be corrected to take off the name of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while speaking to The Indian Express in Pune on Saturday, said the process of deletion would start soon.
Located in the Khed taluka of Pune, the Khed SEZ project was at the centre of a recent protest staged by the Swambhimani Shetkari Shanghatana.
Led by its leader MP Raju Shetti, the outfit had staged a 50-km long march to press for return of land to the affected farmers and also deleting of MIDC’s name from the land records of the area.
The land for the SEZ, which is spread over 1705 hectares of land, was acquired in 2006-07 by the MIDC. The SEZ was developed by the Khed Economic Infrastructure Private Limited (KEIPL), a joint venture between MIDC (26 per cent) and Bharat Forge (74 per cent). Shetti had said that the farmers who lost their land during the acquisition process were yet to receive their compensation.
Also, around 5,000 hectares of land in the neighbouring villages was earmarked for acquisition for phase II and III of the project, which had led to the name of MIDC being stamped on the land records of the farmers. The agitating farmers led by Shetti had demanded MIDC’s name be deleted from the records.
Following Shetti’s march, Fadnavis had held a meeting with various stakeholders where representatives of Bharat Forge were absent. Objections were also raised about the working of KDL, the company which was formed with the equity of the developed land bank of the SEZ and KEIPL.
Meanwhile, in a change of guard at the KDL, Bhavin Shah has been replaced by Sadhana Naik as the CEO.
While KDL refused to comment about the move, Apurva Chandra, principal secretary (industries), confirmed the development. Refusing to talk about the reason for change, Chandra said the state government’s attention was brought to some issues regarding the working of Khed City. “The matter was amicably resolved,” he said.