Pune: Much like industries, which are complaining about unavailability of land around Pune and exorbitant land rates, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) too is finding it difficult to acquire land for development of industrial areas. Despite attractive packages offered by MIDC, land owners are unwilling to part with their land.
Highly placed officials from MIDC said that for the acquisition of Talegaon Phase II, the government is offering land owners a compensation of over Rs 50 lakh, but to no avail. “The total planned area for Talegaon Phase II is about 550 hectares, of which nearly 270 hectares has been acquired. The compensation for acquiring this land was much lower than that being offered now. About 280 hectares are still to be acquired, but land owners are causing a hindrance in the acquisition process,” the official said.
The official said that apart from the monetary compensation, the package includes several other benefits. “If a land owner parts with 4,000 sq ft of land, he/she is offered 15 per cent (600 sq ft) industrial land or five per cent (200 sq ft) commercial land to set up a business. This is besides the monetary compensation. The Project Affected Person’s (PAP) plot is a developed plot, which comes will all necessary infrastructure,” the official said.
The official further added that if the land owner is giving away land that he/she is residing on, the government also offers a 200 sq mt residential plot at throwaway prices. This 200 sq mt is for each nuclear family, so if there are three brothers living on a piece of land, each will get 200 sq mt.
According to the official, the land owners are unwilling to part with the land in anticipation of better offers from the private sector or revised offers from the government in the future. “Due to unwillingness of land owners to part with their land, the work on development of Talegaon Phase II has not proceeded in the last few months,” the official said.