Air­port PAP up­set over shift­ing plan

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

A sec­tion of air­port project-af­fected peo­ple (PAP) from 10 vil­lages are up­set with the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (Cidco) plans to shift them to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion from July, to en­sure that the air­port project takes off at the ear­li­est.

Last week, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis held an all party meeting on NAINA and ap­pealed to the lo­cals to co­op­er­ate in the air­port project.

The Sang­harsh Samiti held a meeting at Chinch­pada in Pan­vel on Fri­day to give de­tails of the meeting. The meeting wit­nessed strong op­po­si­tion from the lo­cals. For­mer MLA Vivek Patil and sev­eral other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers were also present at the meeting.

Cidco has said it would com­plete the shift­ing work of the vil­lages in 18 months. It has asked for con­sent letters from the vil­lagers within the next 15 days.

It has also an­nounced a monthly rent that it will give to the vil­lagers for shift­ing. Some vil­lagers are op­pos­ing the move.

Speak­ing on the ob­jec­tions and de­mands of the air­port PAP, Shrikant Mha­tre, a vil­lager, said, “Will Cidco be able to com­plete the work of ba­sic in­fras­truc­ture at Wadghar and Va­hal vil­lages where we will be shifted, in just 18 months? Why doesn’t it first de­velop the new set­tle­ments and then shift us?”

PAP lead­ers had also de­manded more money for home con­struc­tion work. They also want in­clu­sion of houses left out in the sur­vey.

Kailash Mha­tre, a PAP, said: “Can con­struc­tion in the new area cost just Rs1,000 per sqm when the cost is over Rs 2,500 per sqft else­where in the city?”

The PAP have de­manded that Cidco first re­solve these is­sues and then shift them from their vil­lages.

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