With the six villages still opposed to the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, the biggest challenge before Cidco at present is to convince them before February 15 — its deadline to inform the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) about the progress on the project.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was recently in Mumbai for the inauguration of T2 terminal at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, had asserted that all the hurdles in way of the NMIA project have been removed.
However, the ground reality seems to be different as villagers from these six villages have come together to form a new Navi Mumbai Antarrashtriya Vimantal Sangharash Samiti to oppose the rehabilitation package offered by the state government.
Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had, on November 11, 2013, announced the ‘best’ deal for the airport project-affected persons (PAPs) that was rejected by the six villages.
“Our leaders agreed to the package without consulting us and the deal was imposed on us. We are not ready to accept the deal offered and want to have discussions,” said former sarpanch Mahendra Patil.
With former judges PB Sawant and BG Kolse-Patil lending their support to villagers Cidco’s problems have increased.
“The judges have asked us not to take any decision until we are satisfied. They have guided people during the congregation held on January 14,” said Patil.
The six villages constitute 457 hectares of land and are part of the core area of the upcoming airport. Without 100% acquisition of land it will not be possible for the planning agency to invite request for qualification (RFQ) for the airport.
Cidco chairman Pramod Hindurao, at the function to unveil the booklet for Valley Shilp housing project in Kharghar, said, “The Navi Mumbai International Airport is an important project in the country and Cidco has played a major role in this project. Only if Cidco is doing something wrong should there be opposition. People should cooperate for projects that help in nation-building.”