Ahmedabad: State’s premier agri-varsity Anand Agriculture University (AAU) has begun identification of alternate land to shift after the state government alloted varsity’s land here for the Tata’s Nano car project.
“State government has suggested eight locations in Nadiad and Vadodara district to shift our under implementation projects on the land at Sanand,” senior AAU official said.
AAU authorities had demanded from the state government to give around 2200 acres of land in lieu of their Northcot Cattle Farm land given to Tata group for the Nano car project in Sanand, to continue with its on-going research projects.
“Till the time any alternative site is finalised the university has decided to shift the entire batch of 50 students pursuing diploma course at the agri-school in Sanand to the varsity campus in Anand district,” AAU Registrar VP Macwan said.
“We are looking for alternative sites to shift our projects, but no location has been finalised yet,” he added.
“The sites shown to us so far could not be finalised yet since the location suggested are not feasible keeping in view the on-going project,” senior AAU official said.
“Few locations shown to us do not have proper approach roads and at some sites the soil is not fertile to continue with the on-going research projects,” he added.
Around seven projects were underway at the varsity’s land in Sanand, including the National Oilseeds and Vegetable Oil Development Boards(NOVOD) aided Jatropa project of Rs9.76 lakh, for the enhancement of crop yield through breeding.
The other projects underway here were an agri-school, shed for 200 odd Kankrej breed cows, Gujarat Livestock Development Board (GLDB) aided frozen semen bank development project on 250 acres of land.
“AAU is expected to shift all its on-going projects from the Nano car project site at the earliest,” sources said.
“The shifting of projects from Sanand will result in heavy monetary losses to the university,” senior AAU official said.
“The varsity was growing fodder for cattle feed on 1100 acres of land here, and use to sell the entire produce for Rs35 lakh per annum,” he added.