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JNPT issue: Farmers to demonstrate during PM’s Mumbai visit

Mumbai(dna): Despite the fact Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself handed over certificates to allot 12.5 per cent developed land against their surrendered land for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), nothing has moved forward in the last one year and the farmers are unhappy with the situation.

Interestingly, Maval Lok Sabha MP Shrirang Barne’s letter to Prime Minister reminding him about his promises has has not yielded any results.

Barne — a Shiv Sena leader, who represents Raigad district — cautioned the Prime Minister that disillusioned farmers would hold demonstrations during his program on Sunday in Mumbai.

When contacted Barne informed dna that last year on August 14 Modi laid the foundation for the ambitious SEZ (Special Economic Zone) project — which is a Rs 4000 crore investment project. During this programme, the prime minister handed over written letters on behalf of JNPT for giving developed lands to JNPT project affected persons. However, despite handing the letters, the farmers are still waiting for justice for more than four decades.

Barne informed that there are villages like Funde, Jashkar and others from where land was acquired for the JNPT project way back in 1970. There are around 400 to 450 farmers from these villages in Uran areas of Raigad district who were promised developed land against their surrendered land for the JNPT project.

“The farmers had agreed and there is a scheme of providing 12.5 per cent developed land against the surrendered land for the affected farmers which is not yet implemented,” he added

Barne informed that Prime Minister himself was apprised of this situation during the last year’s program at JNPT and the farmers were happy when he handed over certificates to five of the PAPs.

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