Pan­vel farm­ers plan protest against NAINA

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: Lo­cal res­i­dents op­pos­ing the Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA) project are plan­ning a mor­cha to the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) Bha­van in CBD Be­la­pur.

In a bid to en­sure that the project doesn’t take off, the mor­cha, which sources said is likely to take place soon, will in­clude farm­ers and balu-tedaars, peo­ple tra­di­tion­ally in­volved in 12 dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions in vil­lages.

Speak­ing at a farm­ers rally at Nere last week, Prab­hakar Gandhi, a Left­ist leader, said, “To en­sure that the NAINA project does not ma­te­ri­alise, there is a need to start a peo­ple’s move­ment. For this, the 12 ba­lute-daars need to be in­cluded in the move­ment.”

“The gov­ern­ment won be­cause of the farm­ers’ votes. But now, it isn’t do­ing any­thing to re­dress their woes. Farm­ers need to wake up be­fore the NAINA project usurps their land,” said Gandhi.

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