Cidco re­fuses to part with NAINA land

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

Cidco seems in no mood to give the 200m land along Mum­bai-Pune ex­press­way to Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRDC) as pro­posed by the state gov­ern­ment.

The state gov­ern­ment had ear­lier this year is­sued a draft no­ti­fi­ca­tion ap­point­ing MSRDC as the spe­cial plan­ning au­thor­ity for the re­gion be­tween 95km Mum­bai-Pune Ex­press­way and the old Mum­bai-Pune High­way. The area pro­posed un­der MSRDC in­cludes 84 vil­lages of Pan­vel and Kha­la­pur talukas.

The area will take away a ma­jor chunk of the Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA) area.

Cidco has re­port­edly told the state gov­ern­ment that it is op­posed to the plan as NAINA project will be hit hard as it would lose al­most 25% of land.

Cidco had said the MSRDC does not have the ex­per­tise to de­velop cities as its role has been to only con­struct roads. The gov­ern­ment aims to de­velop the cor­ri­dor around the e-way as a growth cen­tre. It will pro­vide jobs to lo­cals and also fill cof­fers of MSRDC.

Un­der the NAINA project, the state gov­ern­ment has given 600 kms to Cidco to de­velop. The area up to Khopoli is an im­por­tant re­gion that has been pro­posed to be given to MSRDC.

A Cidco of­fi­cial said, “Cidco is ready to de­velop the area as re­quired by MSRDC. We have asked the state gov­ern­ment to give the right to plan the devel­op­ment only to Cidco.”

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