In the name of development

Print edition : September 06, 2013

A farmers' agitation in Ahmedabad in June against the Special Investment Region. Photo: Trupti Patel

Ajmalbhai Thakor, sarpanch, Hansalpur village, showing the Maruti plant map. His argument is that some villagers have to cross the plant to reach their land. He says the plant must give them an access road. Photo: Anupama Katakam

A farmer in Vanod village pointing to a sign which says the residents will not allow an SIR in the area. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Ashokbhai Popatbhai, who is at the forefront of the protest movement in Vanod village. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Women from Vanod village who actively participate in the agitation, at a public meeting. Jyotsnaben (in the foreground) has been mobilising women. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Riding roughshod over farmers’ concerns, the Gujarat government notifies a project to develop the Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region, an industrial hub spread over 50,884 hectares, affecting 44 villages. But the villagers see it as a real estate scam and are determined to resist it.

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