The Times Of India, 9 July 2014, Navi Mumbai: Farmers from 78 villages of Mangaon, Roha and Tala tehsil in Raigad district will be protesting on Wednesday against the alleged forceful land acquisition for Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project.
The farmers, who are organized under the banner of Anti-Corridor Struggle Action Committee, will protest the acquisition of 67,500 acres for the Dighi Port Industrial area in Raigad district. They claim that the agitation is to save their agricultural land and livelihoods. They will march to the Sub Divisional Office of the land acquisition authority located at Mangoan in the morning.
A member of the committee, Ulka Mahajan said, “The project will render farmers from 78 villages landless and also snatch away their allied livelihood. All the panchayats have unanimously resolved not to give away their land. They have been agitating for 18 months.”
She added that the Central government and the then-CEO of the DMIC asked the state government to drop Dighi Port from DMIC project. Despite this move, the state government is acquiring the land, ‘without the consent of the land owners’.
Mahajan added, “The authorities are threatening to amend the clause under the new Land Acquisition Act (Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013). It states that unless 70% of the farmers from the area give consent for the land acquisition, no land can be acquired. The farmers have no choice but to agitate. Local MLAs and activists will also be joining the protest.”
Another farmer, S Bhoir from Vichumbe village said that the compensation package should include job opportunities for the Project Affected Persons or family members.