Satyagraha likely over land allotment to Mundra SEZ

July 10th, 2008 - 5:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, July 10 (IANS) The allotment of land in Gujarat’s Kutch district for developing the Mundra Special Economic Zone could be opposed through ‘Satyagraha’ (non-violent movement) by villagers whose land were acquired even as the Supreme court allowed construction activities. Veteran Gandhian Chunilal Vaidya told IANS Thursday that about 1,000 people comprising fishermen’s families of Kutch’s district Jharpara village, who have lost their land to the SEZ, have a taken a “pledge to launch a Satyagraha to regain it”.

Vaidya said since Adani group chairman Gautam Adani has declined to budge on the issue, there was no option left for the affected fishermen but to launch a struggle to regain their land. He said he expected a final decision on the Satyagraha move within the next ten days.

Asked whether the Satyagraha plan will succeed now that the Supreme Court has given the go ahead to construction, Vaidya said the apex court had only vacated the stay. “The fishermen have time till July 18 to approach the Gujarat high court to seek redressal,” he said.

On talks with the Adani group chairman, Vaidya said the latter differed on every point involved in the issue like whether there was excess grazing land in Jharpara or whether the land in Mandvi and Mundra were fertile.

Vaidya said Adani declined to at least consider giving up the claim on Jharpara village. He said the reason Adani gave was that if he agreed to this proposal there would be a demand to return land acquired in other 12 villages for the SEZ.

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