Airport PAP upset over shifting plan
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.