Reliance willing to give SEZ land back to govt: Hooda
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has informed the Assembly that Reliance had "agreed" to return land back to the government after it failed to complete the SEZ project in a period of six years.
The chief minister was replying to the discussion on Governor's address in the ongoing session of Haryana Assembly here on Friday.
Referring to the issue of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Hooda said that a notification under Section 4 (for acquiring land) was issued by HSIIDC on January 29, 2003 for about 1700 acres of land at Khandsa, Mohammadpur, Jhandsa, Garhi, Harsaru and adjoining villages in Gurgaon district when INLD was in power.
He said that thereafter Reliance had a proposal to set up an SEZ under SEZ Act-2005 over an area of 25 000 acres.
"In lieu of it, the government had fixed ten per cent sweat equity for HSIIDC. As the central government imposed MAT on SEZ many developers began to step back.
This project of Reliance was expected to generate employment for lakhs of people and revenue to the state government but the company did not undertake the project in fixed period of six years.
"Now the company was agreeing to return land to the government " he said.
The chief minister said the developers of SEZ had purchased land directly from the farmers and the government had nothing to do with it.
"However as a result of the request of the state government, Reliance has agreed to give annuity on this land as per the land acquisition policy of the state government " he said.
Hooda apprised the House that during the tenure of INLD Government in the state the rates of land acquisition had "declined continuously" whereas there should have been a rising trend.
The chief minister said that to acquire 756 acres of land for Panipat Refinery in December 2001, a compensation at a rate of Rs 3.05 lakh per acre was given whereas his government gave a compensation of Rs 19 lakh per acre to acquire 677 acres of land for the same refinery.
Hooda who turned poetic in the Assembly today using numerous couplets criticised the opposition for its "failure" in playing a constructive role.
He said that during last seven years he has observed that the opposition has not changed its ways as they have been making the same statements and sarcastic remarks.