Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Only wastelands for SEZs, says Deshmukh

Pune , Oct. 2

Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, has stated that the
Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) will not acquire
farmlands indiscriminately and will give the farmers the market prices
for the land acquired.

Talking to presspersons after the annual general meeting of the Mahratta
Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), he said MIDC,
which is a Government agency, will acquire the land that is being given
willingly by the farmers. He also said the farmers will be adequately
compensated as per the market rates and has assured that only wastelands
or barren or single crop lands will be used for the SEZ and not the
fertile lands.

Mr Deshmukh said the State had prepared a new industrial policy for
business purposes and it would be a single window clearance system with
Web-enabled business facilitation portal. It had already begun on a
pilot basis and would act as the guidance for business ventures.


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