A day after they failed in reaching any agreement over the land dispute for the proposed power plants in Raigad districts in presence of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Maharashtra Government has now decided to ask the Tata Power Company (TPC) and Reliance Energy Ltd (REL) to file their respective rehabilitation package for the project affected people before acquiring any land.
The State Rehabilitation Authority headed by Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam took a decision to the effect on Tuesday. It said the companies would be given land only when they file the details of the land needed, the price to be offered to owners and other rehabilitation measures under the Centre or State policy.
Currently, the two companies are locked in a battle over overlapping of over 1000 acres of land near Shahpur near Alibag. Both took separate routes to earmark the land. The Revenue Department helped REL while the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) assisted TPC.
Both companies were tightlipped on the issue as the State was yet to send them the letters.
As no amicable solution was in the sight, Deshmukh took an initiative and invited both companies to his office on Monday. He listened to them separately and even admitted to the lack of coordination between the two government agencies. Considering the importance of projects which would together produce over 5600MW when complete, Deshmukh asked them to cooperate.
However, after Monday's meeting the companies started making claims, counter claims against each other. TPC told HT CM asked REL to backtrack. REL refuted the claim and in turn asked TPC to produce a proof for CM's missive. On the other hand, CM's office said the matter handed fire.