NAINA proposal to get state nod by January, says Cidco
Developers point to loopholes; planning agency says it has incorporated suggestions
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