Land dispute may hamper Nano progress in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, Oct 10 (UNI) Though Tata's Nano car project received a red carpet welcome in Gujarat, some land disputes may hamper its rolling out from the state.

The state government, which had promised all assistance to Tatas for the project, including the land here, which was cleared on a war footing, three days after the Nano euphoria, has been forced to take a sincere look at the land it acquired for the project from Anand Agriculture University (AAU), as the family of one Devisinh Waghela had filed a suit in 2006 against AAU over 1,453 acre of the 2,200 acre of land the state government has acquired from it at Chharodi village, near here.

According to the Waghela family, they have suffered a loss in the deal since Devisinh had leased his land on November 1, 1910, to Chharodi Cattle Farm, which is now under the management of AAU for 99 years. Subsequently, Devisinh had leased more land to Chharodi Cattle Farm in 1912, sources close to Waghela family said.

Interestingly, the ongoing litigation started in mid-2006, well before one heard about Nano. The family is now seeking not only sought ownership of the land but also compensation for their legal expenses.

Meanwhile, district collector Harit Shukla has refuted the reports, saying THAT they were baseless and due compensations have been given.

The real estate prices in and around Chharodi village has almost doubled overnight after Tata Motors decided to relocate its prestigious Nano project from Singur in West Bengal to Gujarat.

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