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Between land and a hard place: 'Big-ticket projects' hurting Maharashtra farmers - Ketaki Ghoge

-Hindustan Times More and more farmers are falling into debt trap because farming is no longer profitable and big-ticket infrastructure projects are taking away their lands. Nasik: Shantaram Waghchowre’s worries are multiplying. Already hit by plunging prices for the crops he grows in his five-acre family farm in Maharashtra’s Pimpalgaon Dukre village of Nasik district, he is now staring at abject penury. The state government is set to acquire 50,000 acres of land...

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1,880 acres allotted to Posco cancelled by Odisha govt -Sujit Kumar Bisoyi

-The Times of India BHUBANESWAR: After facing turbulent times for 12 years, the state government finally brought the curtain down on the much-hyped mega Posco steel project as it cancelled the 1880 acres of land allotted to the South Korean company. The Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (idco), state's nodal agency for Land Acquisition, has intimated to the Posco company the government's decision to withdraw the land allotted for setting up...

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Local tribes protest changes in Jharkhand land laws -Alok Gupta

-VillageSquare.in Recent amendments to laws that govern the use of land owned by tribals in Jharkhand has led to a rash of protests because local communities feel that they might lose their land and livelihoods to industrial development Last year in May, when the Jharkhand government announced to remove handcuffs from all the statues and pictures of Birsa Munda, the indigenous people of the state lauded the newly appointed first non-tribal chief...

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Land Acquisition may not be a zero sum game, two new studies show -Subhomoy Bhattacharjee

-Business Standard Land Acquisition cases take on an average 20 years to navigate the courts Within three years of the framing of the new land law by the Centre, as many as 280 cases have landed in the Supreme Court using the window the law provides to challenge pending acquisitions. Yet land switching from farming to industry need not be a zero sum game as two key studies on land released last...

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Industry, realty eat into farmland -Balakoteshwara Rao

-The Times of India HYDERABAD: The extent of arable land in Telangana has registered a decline due to growth in industry, construction of houses, urbanisation and infrastructure development. This was revealed by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics of the government in its report on agricultural statistics for 2015-16. The report revealed that the land put to non-agricultural uses rose from 8.19 lakh hectares in 2008-09 to 8.92 lakh hectares in 2015-16. The...

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