'Land for SEZs could be 'misused' by real estate agents'
A group of former IAS officers and academicians expressed fears that the large tracts of land being acquired by the Tamil Nadu Govt for setting up various SEZ could be "misused" by real estate agents and result in loss of farmers' livelihood.india Updated: Feb 06, 2009 05:55 IST
A group of former IAS officers and academicians on Thursday expressed fears that the large tracts of land being acquired by the Tamil Nadu government for setting up various Special Economic Zones (SEZ) could be "misused" by real estate agents and result in loss of farmers' livelihood.
Releasing a report of public hearings conducted in various SEZ areas in the state, a member of the group, Professor Shanmugam Velayutham of the Chennai-based Loyola College, said land for the purpose of SEZ was "being acquired from farmers and handed over to big business houses, at the "expense" of the former's livelihood."
"The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO)and State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDCO) acquire land from farmers and hand them over to big business houses for the purpose of SEZ," he said.There was a danger of some real estate mafia exploiting the situation to secure some land for their business.
He said acquisition of land was being done against the will and wish of people as they were not consulted before the process.'Unlike in states such as Goa, Tamil Nadu government is not holding consultations at the local level such as the Gram Sabha.. But it has been claiming that there has been no dissent from people,' he said, citing the report.