Panvel gives land for airport, waits for Cidco compensation
NAVI MUMBAI: The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has acquired the government land for the airport project.
The 7/12 of Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) land in Kopar too has been transferred in Cidco’s name.
However, Cidco has not yet given an alternative land as compensation to the PMC. There has been no proper response from the government on the issue. Local councilors are not demanding the compensation.
The airport is coming on 2,056 hectares near 14 villages of Panvel. Cidco and government land was transferred immediately. However, there was still 450 hectares that had to be acquired.
The PMC had in 1960 acquired 32 acres for its gutter scheme. Some work was done on it, but it was not complete. Hence, Cidco made efforts to acquire the land.
Cidco had earlier acquired large tracts of land in and around Panvel.
New Panvel and Khanda are under Cidco jurisdiction. This has left PMC with little land, affecting its development work and projects.
The PMC has the responsibility of removing slums that have come up in Panvel and also Cidco area and rehabilitating them. Cidco only has to give land for the purpose. PMC has sent a proposal for it to the state government. A biometric survey has been conducted. However, Cidco is yet to transfer land to PMC.
Cidco has assured land at Takka but nothing has materialised. The district collector had ordered PMC to hand over the land for the airport project. The order did state that the PMC be given an alternative land. Cidco has ignored it and is delaying the issue.
PMC president Charusheela Gharat said, “PMC officials met chief engineer Sanjay Choudhary and demanded land in lieu of Kopar at the earliest.”
He added, “We have also written to Cidco but no decision has been taken on it yet. We are following up on the issue.”
Cidco officials said they are looking into the issue.
DISTRICT COLLECTOR HAD ORDERED PMC TO HAND OVER LAND. THE ORDER STATED THAT THE PMC BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE LAND.