Maharashtra government through its executing agency Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) had proposed a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Wagholi, near Pune in Maharastra in 2007. This is one of many in the state; Maharashtra has in fact over 200 sanctioned SEZs of which nearly half would come up in the Konkan region and another 44 would be in the agro-rich Pune district.
For this project about 4,500 acres of land was to be acquired , in the agro-rich Pune district. The proposed SEZ was to be developed by Videocon Industries Limited and the land was to be acquired by MIDC. In 2006, MIDC had initiated the land acquisition process for this SEZ in four villages namely Wagholi, Kesnand, Bakori and Loni Kand. The place is located along the Pune-Auragabad highway. The farmers of the village strongly protest the SEZ and the land acquisition process. The farmers were reluctant to sell their land at any prices and opposed the SEZ proposal.
The area is a rich and fertile agriculture land and a stronghold of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). NCP was an ally of UPA government at the Union Government. With the announcement of this SEZ the vote share of NCP was significantly decreased. With the interest of their voters, local MLA of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) met their leader Mr. Sarad Power who was the agriculture minister in the central cabinet and also represented the Lok Sabha Constituency lobbied in favor of the farmers. Mr. Power assured that he will work in favor of the farmers’ interest . With the intense pressure from the farmer, the project was scrapped in 2009 before the parliamentary election .(See less)