Seems like the upcoming gram panchayat elections (December 22) in Pargaon have put the issue of the Navi Mumbai airport on the back burner, at least for the time being. “We are currently busy with the upcoming elections. However, talks regarding the airport and problems of the farmers are on simultaneously,” said Mahendra Patil, Pargaon sarpanch.
He added, “As far as the issue of the airport PAPs is concerned, we have now formed committees in every villages that are taking the work forward under the guidance of justice PB Sawant. We have also started approaching political parties, who will raise the issue of farmers in these villages, during the upcoming assembly session.”
Patil added, “Reports that villagers from these six villages have agreed to Cidco’s demand or are likely to change their mind are false; we are firm on our demands.”
On the upcoming elections, Patil said, “The villagers wanted to boycott these elections at first, but now we are fighting the polls and want to elect a body that will work for well being of the farmers in the region.”
After the state government announced that the airport PAPs had agreed to Cidco’s offer, nearly 700 families from Pargaon, Dungi, Ovala, Varcha Ovala, Koli Kopar and Waghivali Pada villages opposed it. As against 22.5% developed plot besides increased FSI and giving shares in airport project, the aggrieved PAPs have been demanding cash compensation to tune of Rs6.25 crore per hectare along with 35% developed plot.