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Only 2 villages now oppose Navi Mumbai airport package

Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 7:40am IST | Agency: dna

The Navi Mumbai International Airport project is all set to take off with the number of villages opposing the rehabilitation package offered by the state coming down two, Cidco officials claimed. The two villages are Pargaon and Owala.

Earlier, of the 10 villages whose land was to be acquired, 6 had opposed the package announced last November.

Cidco managing director Sanjay Bhatia confirmed that of the six, four were now willing to accept the govt offer.

Officials also exuded confidence about bringing these two on board. "We do not want to impose anything on anyone. The best we can do is to explain how good the package is."

Meanwhile, in a related development, farmers from these two villages have pinned hopes on the Narendra Modi govt to meet their demands. "We have never been against the airport project. However, we oppose the rehabilitation package. We want the state to compensate us as per our demands," said Mahendra Patil, who leads Navi Mumbai Antarrashtriya Prakalpagrast Sangharsh Samiti.

He added: "We have discussed this matter with the newly elected Maval MP Shrirang Barne. He has assured us full support and promised to raise the issue in parliament."

The villagers also hope the state government would change after the assembly polls.

The state govt has offered 22.5% developed land with an average FSI of 2. The villagers would get FSI of 1.5 for 12.5% of developed land and 2.5% for the remaining 10% developed land. The affected families will also get 100 shares in companies that will be developing the airport.

Cidco has already begun the process of Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the project and held meetings with prospective bidders to allay concerns regarding the project. Recently, it had extended the deadline for submitting RFQ till July end and sent this proposal to civil aviation ministry for clearance.

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