The SEZ Virodhi Manch (SVM) has demanded dismissal of Industrial Development Corporation Chairman Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar and Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira besides officials A.V.Palekar and Keshav Kamat, into the alleged illegal allotment of SEZ causing losses of over Rs. 100 crore to the public exchequer according to the Comptroller and Auditor General report 2008-09.
SVM has further demanded the said land should be acquired by the government and utilized for the utility projects for the betterment of the concerned villages.
SVM has also demanded the notification of regulations under Section 51of the GIDC and specification of the mode of disposal of GIDC lands as the same do not exist till date and the GIDC follows a first come first serve policy according to submissions made in the High Court.
Condemning the statements of Kavlekar which stated that the Central Government’s Policy to encourage SEZs in the state was supported by the State Government and therefore, the lands were allotted for SEZs as GIDC is a part of the state government, SVM Convener Charles Fernandes said that IDC Chairman seems to have forgotten that the Bombay High Court has rejected all the above frivolous submissions. He said that the Bombay High Court held in the judgment: “The power of GIDC under clause (a) of Section 14 of the transfer of lands vesting in GIDC can be exercised only with a view to ensure establishment, growth and development of industries. It can be safely concluded that there was no direction issued by State government under Section 16 of GIDC Act to allot any land for the purposes of setting up SEZs”.