Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd proposed a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Karla village on the old Pune-Mumbai road in Pune District of Maharashtra. In 2006, the Mahindra group had received in-principle approval for setting up this SEZ. In 2006, the government had notified around 1,140 hectare of land for this project. The overall area of the proposed SEZ was to be spread over an area of 3,000 acres . Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) along with Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd had announced an investment of Rs.20 billion to build this multi-product SEZ. The feasibility report for the project was prepared in May 2009 . Following the announcement, there was violent protests erupted at Karla by farmers as well as non farmer groups against the land acquisition process. Villagers' opposed the project because it will disconnect the road to the well-known temple of ‘Ekvira goddess’. The temple is located near the Buddhist era caves and of religious importance of the people inhabited in that area. Beside this, a number of villages were to be displaced. Many villagers did not want to shift their place of living under any circumstances. Both the MIDC and Mahindra Group were not able to acquire the land following the protest.