A delegation of tribals from over 70 villages, who have opposed Gujarat government's move to acquire their land around the site of proposed statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, will submit a memorandum of demands to state ministers in Gandhinagar tomorrow, sources said.
The 182-metre-tall Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 'Statue of Unity' in Gujarat is facing resistance from tribals living in 70 villages from around Kevadia about 90 kms from Vadodara, where the statue is proposed to be built. The tribals have been opposing acquisition of their land for the development area for tourism purpose near the proposed site.
Adivasi Sanghatan, an association of tribals from the 70 villages, will also meet the officials of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, to discuss the issue.
The Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA) wants to acquire the land of these 70 villages for developing infrastructure facilities.
The demands of the tribals include removal of 70 villages from the list prepared by KADA; recognising people of six villages of Gora, Kevadita, Vagadiya, Kothi, Navagam and Limdi as project-affected people and extending all benefits to them which were provided to other project-affected people of villages of three states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra which are the beneficiary states of Sardar Sarovar project.
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