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Farmers fight for their land, conducting rally.

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To protect their motherland, a group of farmers from Pen Taluka, started a rally from pen and is expected to reach Manthrala on Tuesday. The protests have started to demand water for irrigation and drinking purposes from Hetawane Dam for Pen Taluka, to which it was actually made for. They are also demanding the return of the compulsory acquired land of farmers for the SEZ, which has got cancelled.

On Sunday, the rally has reached Kharghar. The rally is moving under the leadership of senior leader N.D. Patil and Pen MLA, Dhairyashil Mohan Patil.

Struggles of farmers in Pen have started long back due to insufficient water for agriculture in their farmlands. The Hetawane dam project was proposed in 1980 and developed under the irrigation department on the Bhogeshwari River to minimize this problem. The Dam was developed to irrigate about 5,750 hectares of land and provide drinking water to Pen and Navi Mumbai.

But a huge area of the land was given to reliance industries to set up the proposed SEZ at penFarmers fight for their land, conducting rally.

To protect their motherland, a group of farmers from Pen Taluka, started a rally from pen and is expected to reach Manthrala on Tuesday. The protests have started to demand water for irrigation and drinking purposes from Hetawane Dam for Pen Taluka, to which it was actually made for. They are also demanding the return of the compulsory acquired land of farmers for the SEZ, which has got cancelled.

On Sunday, the rally has reached Kharghar. The rally is moving under the leadership of senior leader N.D. Patil and Pen MLA, Dhairyashil Mohan Patil.

Struggles of farmers in Pen have started long back due to insufficient water for agriculture in their farmlands. The Hetawane dam project was proposed in 1980 and developed under the irrigation department on the Bhogeshwari River to minimize this problem. The Dam was developed to irrigate about 5,750 hectares of land and provide drinking water to Pen and Navi Mumbai.

But a huge area of the land was given to reliance industries to set up the proposed SEZ at pen in violation of the law that says that once the land falls in the area of irrigation. Farmers of this part could cultivate more crops in their fields, if they get proper irrigation. They had plans to develop the area for growing sugar beet, a fifth monthly crop, but need a good amount of water. They can also grow basmati rice, if sufficient water is available. Some farmers have also been suggested to set up a special agricultural zone in the area.

Dhairyashil Mohan Patil, MLA of Pen, accused the State government for having vested interests to acquire land from the farmers and help capitalists to play real estate in the area, as it is situated only 18 kms far from south Mumbai.

More than our demands, it is the responsibility of government to supply enough water for irrigation and drinking in Pen Taluka. The government should return the farmlands, which are compulsory acquired from farmers for SEZ. Our farmlands should be preserved from external hands of real estate. There is a deliberate move from government to deny water for our farmlands, to help big industrialists. This will destroy our farmlands which is fertile for many important crops’ said Mohan Patil.  in violation of the law that says that once the land falls in the area of irrigation. Farmers of this part could cultivate more crops in their fields, if they get proper irrigation. They had plans to develop the area for growing sugar beet, a fifth monthly crop, but need a good amount of water. They can also grow basmati rice, if sufficient water is available. Some farmers have also been suggested to set up a special agricultural zone in the area.

Dhairyashil Mohan Patil, MLA of Pen, accused the State government for having vested interests to acquire land from the farmers and help capitalists to play real estate in the area, as it is situated only 18 kms far from south Mumbai.

More than our demands, it is the responsibility of government to supply enough water for irrigation and drinking in Pen Taluka. The government should return the farmlands, which are compulsory acquired from farmers for SEZ. Our farmlands should be preserved from external hands of real estate. There is a deliberate move from government to deny water for our farmlands, to help big industrialists. This will destroy our farmlands which is fertile for many important crops’ said Mohan Patil.

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One comment on “Farmers fight for their land, conducting rally.

  1. LIBIN CHACKO KURIAN
    March 30, 2013

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