Ar. Prof. Rajratna Jadhav
Ar. Milind Amle, Ar. Swati Chokshi, Ar. Rajratna Jadhav, Ar. Snehal Gaikwad, Ar. Swapna Hankare, Ar. Richa Raut,Ar, Yagnik Bathija, Ar. Neha Panchal, Ar. Porus Master, Ar. Rahul Manohar, Ar. Sanjay Mehta
The DMIC (Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor) project was launched in pursuance of a MOU signed between the Government of India and the Government of Japan in December 2006. "The project’s aim is to create a business model out of urbanization and the trunk infrastructure would help in land monetization and undertaking-specific greenfield and brownfield industrial and physical infrastructure projects.
While the corridor stretches from Dadri to JNPT the JNPT near Mumbai, it engages six more states in it namely, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In Maharashtra, an additional elongation of the corridor has been decided and to connect the JNPT and the Dighi Port from the Raigad district was the new plan. Because of these unexpected alterations in the project, the state government started acquiring land of the people from the district on a very short notice. These resulted in the protest against the project as the people were totally unaware of the purpose for the land acquisition, their unassured Rehabilitation and were also unsatisfied about the compensation promised for their land. Many farm lands and undocumented lands of the adivasis were also illegally acquired by the land agents even before the project was announced to the common people.
Raigad being very close in proximity with Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and also because of the smooth connectivity through both roadways and waterway, the district has been always under rapid urbanization and several infrastructural developments. This has been a threat to the farming sector and the agricultural graph is seen to be continuously falling down. With the industrialization and enhancement of the corporate sector because of the DMIC the leftover agricultural land would undoubtedly be abandoned and people will have no option but to leave farming and move towards the private sector.
There needs to be a platform established for the farming community and the youth to emphasize the scope in the field to give them enough reason to direct and advance their skills in the agriculture sector. Hence, educating and empowering not only the farmer’s group but also the new generation is necessary to sustain farming for a longer run and balance the agriculture and the industrial sector after completion of the DMIC project by the year 2035.
A farmers’ training institute where advanced farming methods and modern strategies for better yield are proposed in the research. It will be assisted with tourist facilities to promote the fundamental program and also the context of the selected site highly demands the assisted program. Large emphasis of the program is to work for the beneficiaries of the affected villages by the DMIC and to provide employment opportunities through farming as a medium. Hence, promoting FPO (Farmer producer organization) which will also look upon the outsource of the produce and can become a reliable solution in the initial building phase of the project.
The research involves study of the existing socio economic fabric of the affected villages of Raigad district and what transition would it go through in the development phase of the DMIC. Its positive and negative impact on the locals and what initiatives would aid the farming community to sustain in the near and the long future is catered in the program formulation part of the research. To ensure the cohesive working of the industrial and the agricultural sector in the affected region by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial corridor and finding appropriate proposals for the interest of the people has been the ultimate purpose of the research.