Villagers from the six villages continue to oppose the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) project and want the state government and Cidco to have discussions only through the newly-floated Navi Mumbai Antarrashtriya Vimantal Sangharash Samiti. In the meanwhile, the planning agency continues to have dialogues with the earlier Prakalpagrast Sangharash Samiti comprising Uran MLA Vivek Patil and Panvel MLA Prashant Thakur.
The six villages, under two Gram Panchayats, are opposing the deal that was offered by the state government on November 11, 2013, and are unwilling to accept the package. They have demanded that either Cidco or the state government should hold talks with their committee only and not any other. “We have been let down by politicians, who decided to accept the package without consulting us. We do not want them to negotiate on our behalf. We have already formed a committee comprising our people, who are well-educated and professionals and want the state government or Cidco to deal only with us,” former sarpanch of Pargaon, Mahendra Patil, said.
A release issued by Cidco mentions that the planning agency is discussing the problems of the airport project-affected persons (PAPs) with the Samiti comprising MLA Patil and MLA Thakur and priority will be accorded to solving the problems.
“After the state government announced its policy for land acquisition and rehabilitation of the PAPs of NMIA, Cidco has adopted a positive approach and is working hard to solve problems faced by PAPs and to ensure that development works take shape in this area,” says a release quoting Cidco MD Sanjay Bhatia.
Bhatia stressed the package announced by the state government is one of the “best deals” and said, during discussion, that it came to notice there exists a lot of confusion over land acquisition and the rehabilitation package. “All the questions raised by the leaders of airport PAPs were addressed in an effective manner during the meeting and we are committed to solve problems and issues faced by those who are supporting the project,” said Bhatia.
The Cidco MD said, “As far as distribution of land under the 12.5% scheme is considered, we have placed advertisements in newspapers; concerned persons are required to comply with the requirements.”
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Aggrieved villagers from the six villages continue to oppose the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) project and want the state government and Cidco to have discussions only through the newly-floated Navi Mumbai Antarrashtriya Vimantal Sangharash Samiti.
A release by Cidco mentions that it is discussing the problems of the airport PAPs with the Samiti comprising MLA Vivek Patil and MLA Prashant Thakur and priority will be accorded to solving the problems.