Mumbai: The governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday issued a notification that will not require the resolution of gram sabhas for acquiring land for vital projects in tribal zones. This will help in land acquisition for bigger upcoming projects like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and the Samruddhi Mahamarg. According to right to land activists, the decision goes against the tribals’ land rights and will only
Earlier, it was necessary for the government to seek get a resolution passed from the gram sabha for acquiring land for major infrastructure projects, apart from taking the individual’s permission.
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A new danger awaits the rural areas under the influence of the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). If a recent Maharashtra government notification, a copy which is with Counterview, is any indication, it empowers the state government to acquire tribal land for industrial development without seeking any gram sabha nod.
Apprehensions have gone strong, similar notifications may be issued by Gujarat and Rajasthan governments, undermining tribals’ forest rights under existing laws, including the Forest Rights Act, 2006, and the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, which make consultation with tribal gram sabhas mandatory.
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Despite opposition from the locals, the Maharashtra government has diverted 460 hectares of tribal land in Palghar for industrial activity. The land, now set aside for the development of industries, is a part of the 2,766 hectares it had acquired from tribal families in the early 1960s for a dairy project for supplying milk to Mumbai. But as the project never took off, most of the land has remained unutilised.
While the tribal families belonging to hamlets in Palghar’s Dahanu and Talasari talukas, whose lands were acquired, have been opposing industrialisation of the lands, the state’s Dairies Development department, which is in possession of the land, issued orders on November 24, notifying that 460-hectare land was now being handed over to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. “The development of industries in the (tribal district) of Palghar will benefit the local population and result in all-round growth of the region,” states the government resolution, signed by Ashok Uike, deputy secretary (Dairy Development).
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