Despite there being no clarity on the state governments plans to deal with the six villages against its rehabilitation package, the Maharashtra government went ahead and made a presentation about Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) at the recently-concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland.
According to official sources, Cidco managing director Sanjay Bhatia, who is part of the chief minister's team visiting Davos, apprised officials of Zurich airport management about various aspects of the venture, including land acquisition. Bhatia said that all necessary clearances like coastal, forest and environment required for the project had been acquired.
The state government and Cidco are moving ahead with the project regardless of opposition from six villages in the region. Land to be acquired from this villages is 457 hectares and this villages are important since they form core operational area of the airport.
The villagers have opposed relief and rehabilitation package of the state government and have floated a new organisation - Navi Mumbai Antarrashtriya Vimantal Sangharash Samiti - comprising educated persons from their villages to fight for their rights.
The villagers are being guided by former Supreme Court justice PB Sawant and former Bombay high court judge BG Kolse-Patil, who have asked them not to get bogged down by pressure tactics of the state government and compromise on their demands.
Airport in this region is important since an industrial corridor is planned here. Cidco has also undertaken major infrastructure works in this belt including widening of Sion-Panvel highway to improve connectivity of the region to Mumbai. To carry out planning in 25-km radius area of Navi Mumbai airport, the planning agency has formed NAINA. And any development taking place in this belt now requires Cidco permission.
While the new committee wants Cidco to discuss issues related to Navi Mumbai airport with them, the planning agency has made it clear that there will be no further discussions on the matter. Villagers have lost faith in Cidco as earlier too it had acquired land from farmers but failed to give them their dues. Project Affected Persons (PAPs) in this region are still fighting to get their rightful dues even after so many years.
Main demand of the villagers include 35% developed plot with FSI of 3 and cash compensation of Rs6.25 crore per hectare. The other option forwarded by this committee to the state government includes, distribution of plots under 12.5% scheme with an FSI of 3 and cash compensation of Rs16 crore per hectare. The third option which the farmers have put forward is leasing out their land to Cidco or the state government.