Staff Reporter

Government to speed up land acquisition for the project

  • In principle, agreement is for a zone for automobiles, auto parts and bio informatics
  • Government has already identified around 1,000 acres for the SEZ at Karasu

    PONDICHERRY: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy informed the Assembly here on Tuesday that the proposed Special Economic Zone in the Union Territory has been formally approved by the Central Government.

    Making a suo moto statement, he said a committee constituted under Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath met on Tuesday and approvedthe SEZ.

    Last year, the Central Government agreed in principle to set up two SEZs in Pondicherry.

    The endorsement was for one zone exclusively for automobiles, auto parts and bio informatics, and another for services and hardware under the IT sector.

    The Government had already identified around 1000 acres for the SEZ at Karasu, around 20 km from here. He said they would now further intensify the land acquisition process.

    During the question hour, MLAs R. Siva of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and K. Lakshminarayanan of the Puducherry Munnetra Congress enquired about developments in the project.

    When the Chief Minister said the land acquisition process was on, the two members intervened and said the price offered for the land was minimal and that was why farmers were refusing to part with the land.

    At this point, Communist Party of India MLA Viswanathan said that around 7000 farmers would be displaced and they should be adequately compensated.

    He asked the Government to work out a plan to provide jobs to the displaced farmers. Independent MLA A. Elumalai, in whose constituency the zone fell, said there was proof that the selling price of land was much higher than what the Government offered to the farmers.

    To this, the Chief Minister replied that if he could prove that the selling price was higher, the Government would also offer the same.