Kapil Dave | TNN
Gandhinagar: Rolling out a red carpet in Gujarat to Tata Motors small car project,which was embroiled in land acquisition issues in Singur in West Bengal,is seen as one of the biggest achievements of Modi.
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Modi is playing up vibrant Gujarat’s industrialization model. Yet, farmers around his home town Vadnagar are opposing new industries and a proposed gas-based power plant.
Close on the heels of protests by farmers in Becharaji,where the government was forced to go back on a special investment region (SIR),farmers of four villages of Vadnagar taluka have approached Modis office and aired their opposition to Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) plans to set up an industrial estate on around 1,000 hectares.They have also opposed the proposal by Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd to set up a gas-based power in Vadnagar.
While the government succumbed to protests at Becharaji and exempted some villages from SIR plan, farmers from Rajpur, Shahpur, Karbatiya and Sultanpura villages in the vicinity of Vadnagar are out to emulate their north Gujarat neighbours.
All these four village panchayats have already passed resolutions in their respective gram sabhas and opposed the land acquisition, the copies which are available with TOI.
If the government acquires our land for industrialization the villagers who belong to other backward castes (OBCs) and scheduled castes will lose their only livelihood, according to the memorandum given by the Sultanpura village to the CMO.
GIDC managing director B B Swain said that the issue was under scrutiny but refused to divulge any more details.
LANDING A BLOW
Farmers from four villages around Vadnagar are opposing the govt’s land acquisition plans The govt wants to acquire 1,000 hectares for new industries and a proposed gas-based power plant This comes close on the heels of protests by farmers in Becharaji