January 05, 2007

newsreport of gorai special economic zone

One more SEZ (special economic zone scheme of the central government) approval that is manipulative and illegal.

Here is a newsreport in 'Afternoon' newspaper on the matter:

Medha to lead protestors at Gorai
BY A STAFF REPORTER | Thursday, January 04, 2007 11:30:50 IST

As the residents of eight villages join to protest against the allotment of 5000 acres of land to the Essel world under SEZ Like the Shingur incident, a similar controversy may grip Maharashtra as the residents of Gorai would be holding a protest rally against the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) scheme of the government. The Narmada Bachao Activist (NBA) Medha Patkar would be heading the protest rally.

The rally would be organised protesting the allotment of 5,000 acres of land of eight villages to the Pan India Tourism ltd (Essel World) by the government, under its controversial scheme. This would be affecting over 75,000 residents living in the area since decades. The residents are furious as they would be displaced as soon as the land is allotted.

Manori, Gorai, Uttan, Dongari, Pali, Tarodi, Chowk and Morva, the eight villages that would be affected. The Koli community, tribals and slat producers mainly inhabit these villages. Lourdes Dsouza, Head, Dharavi Beth Bachao Samiti, said, “Today in the evening members of Jagatik Virodhi Kriti Samiti Maharashtra (JVKSM) will visit these areas and will join our protest. We have been doing our business here since many decades and we will not leave our land at any cost. JVKSM had recently visited the Pen area in Raigarh which is being planned to be allotted to the Reliance group under the SEZ scheme.”

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