GJ: Farmers protest land acquisition for industrial hub

Farmers in Gujarat’s Dholera region, about 100 km from Ahmedabad, are fiercely opposed to their agricultural land being taken away for an ambitious industrial project backed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.The Dholera Special Investment Region was announced by the state government in 2009. Spread over 920 square kilometer area, the project aims to create a global manufacturing and trading hub in the state.Despite protest by the farmers, the state government carried out surveys and land acquisition in the area. In October last year, notices were sent to the villagers informing them that their land was being acquired. While the state government has been maintaining a silence over the issue, the district administration says the villagers would be adequately...

MH: Raigad farmers to protest forceful land acquisition

Farmers from 78 villages of Mangaon, Roha and Tala tehsil in Raigad district will be protesting on Wednesday against the alleged forceful land acquisition for Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. The farmers, who are organized under the banner of Anti-Corridor Struggle Action Committee, will protest the acquisition of 67,500 acres for the Dighi Port Industrial area in Raigad district. They claim that the agitation is to save their agricultural land and livelihoods. They will march to the Sub Divisional Office of the land acquisition authority located at Mangoan in the morning.A member of the committee, Ulka Mahajan said, “The project will render farmers from 78 villages landless and also snatch away their allied livelihood. All the panchayats have unanimously resolved not to give away their land. They have been agitating for 18 months.” She added that the Central government and the then-CEO of the DMIC asked the state government to drop Dighi Port from DMIC project. Despite this move, the state government is acquiring the land, ‘without the consent of the land...

WB: Power Plant Project stalled awaiting new land policy

Prasoon Mukherjee-controlled Universal Success Enterprises Ltd’s proposed power plant has been hobbled by the government’s decision to draft a policy. Mukherjee, who was recently offered land at Raghunathpur in Purulia district for setting up a power plant, has always been able to get files cleared by the state government quickly. His project, which envisages an investment of Rs.12,450 crore, has been stalled, said state government officials, who did not want to be named. A logistics hub proposed by a car maker and a Rs.1,000-crore factory for manufacturing high-end sanitaryware are among several other industrial projects that have been delayed by the land policy, said the state government officials cited above. The aim is to create a transparent policy for distribution of land for industrial projects, government officers said. Because the erstwhile Left Front government had no such policy, several officers are now being hauled up for executive decisions relating to allotment of land for industrial and real projects. Hence, a committee of secretaries has been formed to draft the said policy on the lines of the ruling Trinamool Congress party’s stand on land usage. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who seized power from the Left Front riding on a mass movement against farmland acquisition, made it clear within months of forming the government that she would not snatch land from private possession. This has already resulted in several industrial groups pulling the plug on proposed manufacturing facilities in West Bengal. Because of fragmented landholding in the state, it is difficult for companies to acquire land on their own. The proposed policy will govern the distribution of land already owned by...

WB: Raghunathpur Township Project

The state government has come up with a land use and development control plan (LUDCP) for the proposed Raghunathpur industrial township on a 29,000-acre barren and less fertile land identified in Purulia. It will prepare a land policy to determine the kind of industries that can be set up in the area and at what rate prospective investors could buy land from landowners. State urban development minister Firhad Hakim said that the department will also conduct an economic corridor survey on how new roads could be set up in the area to develop the infrastructure. A plan is on to set up a six-lane corridor that will connect Raniganj to Dhanbad via Raghunathpur. “The chief minister wants industries to be developed in the area and we are working accordingly,” the minister said. The government has been lately stressing on developing micro, small and medium scale industries. Senior government officials said that setting up an industrial township along with residential clusters in Raghunathpur and its surrounding areas will help develop the socio economic-condition of people. as more job opportunities will be created and more people will be able to start living in what is presently lying idol as unused barren and low productivity land that mostly do not have any agricultural value. According to estimates, the present land price of the area is about Rs 1 lakh per acre, which is very nominal compared to other areas. In Rajarhat New Town, Hidco have been auctioning land for record prices. For example, Hidco had fetched Rs 51.13 crore for a 2.5-acre plot, which is equivalent to more than Rs 20 crore...

BR: Muzaffarpur Sugar & Distillery Plant Project

Fertiliser company Indian Potash Ltd (IPL) today said it will invest about Rs 300 crore to set up a sugar plant and distillery in Bihar.We will establish a sugar plant in Muzaffarpur district, in Bihar, along with a distillery to produce Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), with an investment of Rs 280 crore,” said IPL Managing Director P S Gahlaut. The company will soon start construction work on the sugar and distillery plant in Bihar, he added. “While the sugar plant will have a capacity of 3,500 tonnes of cane crushed per day, the distillery will produce 45,000 litres per day,” Gahlaut said. During the last fiscal, IPL established four sugar plants in UP, taking its total plants in the state to five. The company’s sugar plants are situated at Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Lucknow and two at Gorakhpur. “The total investment made by the company on the sugar plants in UP is around Rs 280-300 crore,” he noted. At present, the total sugar producing capacity of the company is around 12,000 tonnes of cane per day (TCD), which would reach 18,000-20,000 TCD after the Bihar plants becomes operational and with further capacity addition in the next three years, Gahlaut added. According to Gahlaut, the company is focusing on eastern UP and Bihar, which have so far been lagging in terms of sugar production. “Our focus is on East UP and Bihar, as these areas have good scope for development and we expect that our investments here will pay rich dividend in the future,” he noted. IPL, which is a major importer of fertilisers, imported around 9.4 million tonnes of fertilisers in...

RJ: Hind National Glass to set up new plant in Neemrana

Hindusthan National Glass Industries Ltd (HNGIL) plans to invest about Rs 2,500 crore over 7-8 years on a new manufacturing facility in the Neemrana region of Rajasthan. The firm that has been scouting for a location in various States, including Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, has zeroed in on a 500-acre site in the Neemrana region, according to a top company official. “We have located the site in Neemrana region where we plan to invest around Rs 2,500 crore in the next 7-8 years,” said the official, who did not want to be identified. The new site would have a manufacturing capacity of around 2,000 tonne of float glass and nearly 2,200 tonne of container glass per day, the official added. The investment is part of the company’s plans to put in Rs 5,000 crore to augment its production capacity. The company had earlier said that it will fund the investments primarily through internal accruals, and very small portion through debt and equity. The firm, which had a total production capacity of 9.40 lakh tonne in the last fiscal, expects it to go up to 12 lakh tonne in FY’2012. HNGIL has plants at Bahadurgarh in Haryana, Nashik in Maharashtra and Neemrana in Rajasthan. It is also setting up a new unit at Naidupeta in Andhra Pradesh at an investment of Rs 650 crore. The unit with a capacity of 750 tonne per day is expected to be operational by next...