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SEZ land acquisition only for contiguity: Hooda

Haryana CM says any acquisition of land for special economic zones would be only for the purpose of contiguity.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 22:27 IST

Haryana government on Tuesday said it had not acquired any land in the state for building SEZs and any acquisition in this regard will only be for the purpose of helping those farmers whose agricultural land fell within or near the SEZ area.

"Contiguity is the essence of SEZ. The state government would acquire land for SEZ only for the purpose of contiguity," Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told reporters in New Delhi after addressing a gathering of representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions from Gurgaon.

"Our SEZ policies are pro-farmer, as dictated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi also. The compensation being given to the farmers is the highest," Hooda said, adding that 75 per cent of the land in the SEZ would be developed by Reliance and 25 per cent by the government.

Hooda said the state would acquire land only after Reliance completes its acquisition to maintain contiguity.

"And if the farmer is not happy with the compensation, he has the right to move the court," Hooda reassured the representatives.

He also announced setting up of ITIs in all districts of the state. "These would require an investment of2,00,000 lakh crore which has been approved by the state government," he said.

First Published: Oct 03, 2006 22:27 IST