NAINA pro­posal to get state nod by Jan­uary, says Cidco

De­vel­op­ers point to loop­holes; plan­ning agency says it has in­cor­po­rated sug­ges­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The de­vel­op­ment of the 23 vil­lages in Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area ( NAINA) may soon be a re­al­ity, said City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco).

The state gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval for the In­terim De­vel­op­ment Plan (IDP), which was pro­posed in the first week of Septem­ber, may come by Jan­uary 2016, said San­jay Bha­tia, vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cidco.

While Cidco said the de­lay in ap­proval was rou­tine, some res­i­dents and de­vel­op­ers said the ob­jec­tions raised against it have led the state gov­ern­ment to study the is­sue fur­ther.

A num­ber of com­plaints have re­port­edly been sent to the state by some res­i­dents and de­vel­op­ers who claimed their sug­ges­tions had not been in­cor­po­rated in the IDP.

“None of the sug­ges­tions of the res­i­dents and de­vel­op­ers was taken into ac­count by Cidco. It had ap­pointed a pri­vate con­sul­tant for the preparing the IDP,” said Prakash Baviskar, pres­i­dent of NAINA builders’ wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tion.

“There are many short­com­ings in the IDP such as more stress on clus­ter de­vel­op­ment and no plan for roads for the res­i­den­tial projects. Cidco seems more in­ter­ested in get­ting plots next to the main roads,” said Baviskar, who has writ­ten to state hous­ing de­vel­op­ment and labour min­is­ter Prakash Me­hta.

“Owing to the pub­lic meet­ings against NAINA, the gov­ern­ment has been forced to take a closer look at the is­sue. Hence, de­spite Cidco’s claims that the sanc­tion will come within a month, it has been de­layed,” said Ma­hesh Patil, a res­i­dent.

Cidco has how­ever dis­missed the sug­ges­tion.

“The de­lay was be­cause it took a lot of time to ex­plain to the peo­ple the ben­e­fits of pool­ing. We have, in fact, suc­ceeded in it,” said Bha­tia. “We had sought sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions from res­i­dents af­ter preparing the draft IDP. Al­most 80% of the sug­ges­tions were in­cor­po­rated. Af­ter the nec­es­sary changes, the IDP was sent to the state gov­ern­ment.”

“We have given op­tions of pool­ing 4 hectare (ha) in gaothans and 7.5 ha or 10 ha out­side gaothan ar­eas. In case of 10 ha, the land own­ers will get 60% of the land with 1.7 floor space in­dex. Of the 40% we will use 25% for open spa­ces and util­i­ties and 15% will be used later for com­mer­cial pur­pose to re­cover the cost. In case of 7.5 ha it will be a 50:50 ar­range­ment,” said Bha­tia.

“It is a Rs7,400-crore project and it is nor­mal at the state gov­ern­ment level to take some time for sanc­tion of such projects,” said Bha­tia.

SOME RES­I­DENTS AND DE­VEL­OP­ERS SAID THE OB­JEC­TIONS RAISED AGAINST THE IDP HAVE LED THE STATE TO STUDY THE IS­SUE FUR­THER

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