Panvel gives land for air­port, waits for Cidco com­pen­sa­tion

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

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.

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