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More villages seek dues for 'Nano' land
BS Reporter in Mumbai/Ahmedabad
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October 15, 2008 12:21 IST
Tata's Nano car project is driving into rough patches it seems. The farmers in Sanand region are demanding compensation for the land allotted for Nano project.

The farmers of Khoda and Bol village on Tuesday claimed that a large portion of the proposed 1100 acre for Nano is their ancestral property and the land was given for the cattle farm which falls under Anand Agriculture University. The state government has given half of the 2200 acres of land to the Tatas.

A group of farmers from the two villages met Ahmedabad district collector and handed over a memorandum to the collector Hareet Shukla. They claim that the land was leased out to the British by their forefathers and the government should compensate them at prevailing market price.

Mukeshsinh Vaghela a farmer from Khoda village said, ''We have met the collector and represented our side. Our forefather had given 765 acre and 12 'Guntha' land for noble purpose of grass for cattle and for conservation of best breed in the year of 1902. Official claims that compensation for the land had been already paid to farmers, which is not true.''

The farmers have demanded that they wanted the state government to show all records of the 'compensation'.

"We want to know that the so-called compensation had been paid at which rates and who has received the payment," he said.

On Tuesday around 50 farmers alongwith MLA Kama Rathod had gone to meet the collector. Said Jitsinh Vaghela, another farmer: "We are not against of Tata's Nano project. We are only demanding that the state government should have given all details to us if they have paid compensation for the land. And if we have not received any payment in the past we want compensation of our forefathers land at current market rate."

Meanwhile Ahmedabad collector rubbished the claims of farmers and said that the land had been surrendered to the government way back in 1911 and the government is in possession of land since then.

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