Rs 18,000/month: Vaghela earns a living by ferrying officials of Ford Motor from Ahmedabad to the plant. Life has changed for Vaghela, 40, since Sanand turned into an auto hub, with the successive arrivals of Tata Motors’s Nano plant, FMCG and other manufacturers. From being a graduate working as a farmer, Vaghela now uses the car he bought for self-use as a taxi that brings in cash.
Vaghela has 15 bighas of land he does not use, and wants the government to acquire it for auto companies. Private developers are not offering enough and his budget wish is land acquisition guidelines that will suit him better. He did sell some land to a developer and has built a house for his family. (Reporting by Satish Jha, Express photo by Javed Raja)