Probably for the first time, the project affected persons (PAPs) of the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) have agreed that the process to acquire land for the ambitious project has sped up.
The aggrieved PAPs have been waiting for long for the state government to accept their demands through City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), and the latter now seem to be sympathetic towards their demands.
“We have been holding regular meetings with Cidco authorities, and have been getting positive responses from them. This is evident from the fact that Cidco board, during a meeting last week, decided to develop the amenities in the areas falling under NMIA through contractors’ firms floated by the PAPs.
Though these are just the land filling works, we are happy that at least the Cidco has now started listening to our grievances,” Vivek Patil, convenor of the Cidco and JNPT Prakalpagrast Sangharsh Samiti and Uran legislator, said. He added that samiti members also conducted a meeting on Tuesday where it was decided that details and suggestions should be invited from PAPs over pending issues.
Elaborating further, Patil said, “Cidco is positive about giving plots to landless people and stipend to teachers imparting education to children of PAPs. The state government took over the plots before Cidco for various developmental works, but nothing has been done on these plots as of now.
The issue regarding the land coming under tower lines has been pending for long, and we have called for suggestions from the plot owners as ultimately their (PAPs’) consent is a must,” Patil said.
He added that the samiti has received some important tips from land owners that will be put before the joint managing director of Cidco on Friday. “We will demand that the training the Cidco has proposed to give to the kin of PAPs should be such that they can get jobs at the airport once it is functional.
“We will also request Cidco to pay the fees to the PAPs’ kin who get admissions on merit in government institutions. We hope that the Cidco administration takes decisions keeping PAPs’ overall development into consideration,” Patil added.
He, however, concluded that all these things will be implemented if the chief minister, who also holds the urban development portfolio, takes decisions as early as he can and that the resolutions do not remain on paper.