Mangalore 1st Feb:The Mangalore Special Economic Zone Limited (MSEZL) which was striving to acquire more than 4,000 acres of land for the project is not showing any interest to acquire the 8.5 acres of notified land at Shanthigudde in Bajpe village eventhough the residents are ready to sell their land.
According to residents what makes MSEZL swither in the acquisition process here is that the authority will have to spend crores for rehabilitation and it has to provide jobs to around 115 people since there are around 115 houses in the notified 8.5 acres.
The Shanthigudde area was earmarked in the MSEZ project and all the residents here were given notice as per Section 28(2) of the KIADB Act 1966.
Majority of the residents had agreed to sell their property in writing too. But the residents now allege that the MSEZ and KIADB are not proceeding with the acquisition process to avoid the overburden of compensation and rehabilitation.
If the land is acquired, MSEZ will have to give nearly Rs 4 crore or around 115 job for the people of Shanthigudde. All the houses here were provided to them under the Ashraya Scheme of the government.
Residents are willing to sell or are forced to sell their land because once the SEZ project was implemented they will be isolated as islanders.
Moreover, they will have to bear the hazards of mega industries. Residents have already handed over a memorandum to officials of the MSEZ and to Deputy Commissioner (DC) M Maheshwar Rao in this regard.
A delegation of residents including Mayydi, Krishnaraj, former ZP member Rolphy D’Costa and MRPL-ONGC Nirvasitara Samiti former president Venu Vinod Shetty led by former MLA Krishna Palemar met the DC on Thursday.
Residents told this website's newspaper that DC Rao assured all possible help to acquire the land for the MSEZ and thereby provide rehabilitation and compensation.
Posted By Altaf Hussain
Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira