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Maharashtra villagers tonsure heads demanding compensation for their lands

Scores of villagers in Maharashtra have tonsured their heads in the hope of attracting the governments attention to their demands for adequate compensation for agricultural land acquired for a mega airport project.

Nagpur, May 31 : Scores of villagers in Maharashtra have tonsured their heads in the hope of attracting the government's attention to their demands for adequate compensation for agricultural land acquired for a mega airport project.

About 1600 acres of land in Shivangaon village has been acquired for the mammoth Multi-modal International Hub Airport (MIHAN) project in Nagpur.

Villagers claim their land is being acquired without an offer of adequate compensation.

"About 200-300 people have tonsured their heads by now. I believe, the entire village will follow suit. They have acquired our land. Now, they are offering us peanuts. The market value of my land is around 10,00,000 rupees, but they are offering only 1,10,000 rupees," said Madhukar, a villager.

The villagers, a majority of whom are farmers, say they are not against the project but add that the money being doled out is simply not enough.

"We are not against the project or the development of the region. Our children and their children would get jobs if a new project comes here. But the kind of compensation they are offering is very little," said Baba Thavle, another villager.

Spread over 1278 acres the MIHAN project, is touted as one of the biggest economic projects in the country and also include a complimentary Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Local authorities claim the project could boost employment opportunities in the region.

With an estimated cost of 617.43 million dollars, the project would comprise a captive power plant, road and rail terminals, airport and aircraft maintenance, a health city and a residential area.

ANI

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