Vadodara: The Gujarat government is conducting a social impact assessment for acquisition of about 33 hectares of land in three villages of Vadodara for the expansion of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s refinery.
The state revenue department has issued a notification for a social impact assessment for acquisition of about 33 hectares in three villages of Vadodara by the state government.
According to the notification issued on 21 June under the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the state government intends to acquire the 33 hectares in Koyali, Karachiya and Bajva villages for a public purpose.
The main objective of the impact assessment study is to hold discussion and deliberation of land owners with local bodies at gram sabha and municipality levels.
“Ahmedabad-based KRG India Research Centre for Rainwater, Harvesting and Environment has been appointed as the social impact assessment team to conduct the study and prepare a social impact management plan under the act. The deadline for completion of the study is of six months from the date of publication of the notification,” it said.
“The process of land acquisition for the proposed capacity expansion project has started after issuance of the notification by the state government,” a senior Gujarat Refinery official told PTI on Sunday.
“We will buy the land at market rates and the process will be faster. Earlier, we had approached the government for 80 acres for the project,” the official added. The expansion will lead to improved distillate yield, thereby enabling production of more value added products from the refinery, he said.
Located in Koyali village on the city’s outskirts, the refinery is spread across 1,950 acres, which includes its Asoj and Dumad terminal operations.