The Times Of India, May 1 2014, Aurangabad: The five villages in the Bidkin area of Aurangabad are set to be transformed as farmers have started receiving money for the land they gave up for the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. The first installment of Rs 75 crore was disbursed to 100 farmers on Wednesday.
Bharat Dharpale, a farmer from Bidkin, got a cheque for Rs 1.5 crore from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) for his land. He told TOI that he had plans to invest in farmland.
“My family’s main occupation is farming. Hence, we have planned to invest the money in buying farm land in the neighbouring village. I will also build a house,” he said.
The DMIC project in Maharashtra covers Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Dhule and Nandurbar districts and influences about 18% of the total area of the state. Aurangabad was included in the DMIC Early Bird project with the Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park and the International Convention Centre proposed to come up on 8,340 hectares.
The state government had sanctioned Rs 1,314 crore in all for the farmers of Bidkin, Banni Tanda, Bangal Tanda, Nilajgaon and Nandalgaon villages. The next instalment of Rs 500 crore is expected in a couple of days.