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Congress MP files application under RTI Act on SEZ

Posted by rtiact2005 on September 1, 2006

Congress MP files application under RTI Act on SEZ



Chandigarh, Aug 30: In the first case of a ruling Congress MP seeking help of the Right to Information Act (RTI), Kuldeep Bishnoi on Wednesday filed an application seeking information concerning the Reliance Industries (RIL) – Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project to be set up in the State.

The four applications submitted by Bishnoi at the HSIIDC headquarters at Panchkula in Haryana near here this afternoon to the State Public Information Officer (SPIO) sought the information, including file notings and all correspondence, exchanged between June 2005 and August 2006 on the setting up of the SEZ.

Bishnoi has paid the requisite fee of Rs 50 with each application to the SPIO.

The MP from Bhiwani has been opposing the setting up of the SEZ on the ground that it will hit hard the farmers alleging that it “has become another reason for sophisticated land grab by big industrial houses aided and abetted by the state governments.” “If we industrialise large chunks of fertile cultivable agriculture land, how will we maintain a balanced ratio as we will become a food grain deficient state from being food grain surplus due to growing population,”, Bishnoi, a younger son of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal told reporters here.

Bishnoi in his first application sought to know the findings of the study conducted by the IL (Infrastructure Land) & FS (Financial Services) Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDC) which was engaged by HSIDC to give advice on the 1,700 acres Garhi Harsaru land, which was acquired by HSIDC to develop on its own.

He has sought to know whether IL and FS IDC was given the mandate to go into the pros and cons of developing Garhi Harsaru on its own instead of transferring it to RIL-HSIDC SEZ joint venture.

“I would like to know what is the formula followed to calculate the state governments equity in the RIL-HSIDC SEZ joint venture?” Bishnoi questioned in his second application saying the state has decided to transfer the prime land measuring 1,700 acre at Garhi Harsaru in Gurgaon district.

Seeking all file notings and correspondence regarding the financial aspects of the deal, Bishnoi in his third application also sought to know “what is the value assigned to land measuring 1,700 acres at Garhi Harsaru which has been transferred to RIL-HSIDC SEZ joint venture.”

He said in his fourth application that since the 25,000 acre SEZ of RIL-HSIDC is to come up in Haryana on fertile cultivable agriculture land “did HSIDC or RIL get any agriculture, environment impact study done as it will severely affect the food grain productivity in the state.”

“Was any ecological impact study done to assess the damage it will cause to the environment? if yes what are the findings of the study? I require all file notings and all correspondence in the matter,” he said in his application.

Bureau Report


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