Displaced Nagpur farmers protest against Maharashtra Government

January 11th, 2008 - 10:32 pm ICT by admin  

Nagpur, Jan 11 (ANI): Farmers displaced from their lands to make way for a cargo hub in Nagpur staged a protest here today against the Maharashtra government’s apathy in ensuring them compensation and rehabilitation.
The State Government had acquired 3,025 hectares of agricultural land to set up an international air cargo hub in the city.
The Maharashtra Airport Development Company, which is the nodal agency for execution of the Multi-modal International Hub Airport (Mihan) in Nagpur, had declared a month ago, that the farmers would be suitably rehabilitated with land compensation and a host of amenities, including infrastructure in the village.
A total of 14 villages were acquired for the project.
The villagers are disappointed as they have lost their lands and have not been compensated.
Distraught farmers gathered in large numbers here, along with their cattle, demanding rehabilitation.
“We are protesting for our cattle. Earlier, we could sustain through the sale of milk from the cattle, but now we are left with no land to rear them,” said Sangita Jaiswal, a protestor.
Dairy farming is a major source of livelihood, in addition to farming in the area. (ANI)

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