Farmers protest against Cidco’s development plan
May 14, 2014
Source : The Times of India


AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad Zalar Kisan Sangharsh Samiti on Friday staged demonstration in front of the office of City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) alleging large scale irregularities in its proposed fringe area development plan.

The Cidco recently released its draft plan for the development of 28 villages in the city’s fringe areas with an aim to develop 35,000 acres (15,184 hectares) of land. The micro-level planning was done for the next 20 years keeping in view the requirements of a growing population and rapid industrialisation in an around the city. As per the proposed plan, the government will acquire the land. However, many farmers have demanded the authorities to scrap the plan saying that it favours some of the influential land owners.

The farmers demonstrated when Sanjay Bhatia, managing director of Cidco, and other senior officials were in the city to meet different agencies in connection with the proposed plan.

Abul Ala Hashmi, president of the samiti, said the development plan was prepared without considering the ground realities. “In Satara, Sawangi, Oher, Daulatpur, Kacchighati and other villages, the authorities have reserved land where residential plots and houses exist. The lands belonging to small time farmers have also been placed under the reservation category despite chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s assurances,” he said.

Hashmi said the plan has many loopholes. “It has not been handled professionally and would create inconvenience for the people. Roads were not planned in a desired manner. It was expected that all the villages would be connected through ring roads, but there is no such planning. Besides, the villages were not given equal opportunities for development. The authorities have intentionally favoured some villages while ignoring others,” he added.

P S Chavan, administrator in the Cidco, said the authorities were lending ears to all the complaints and suggestions. “Cidco has published the proposed plan and inviting objections and suggestions from the farmers and others. The planners are visiting the spots and trying to incorporate all the possible changes,” he said.


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