34 guards de­ployed at air­port site

CIDCO MOVE The de­ci­sion comes in the wake of se­cu­rity threats that the con­trac­tor faced dur­ing in­spec­tion work re­cently

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

In an un­prece­dented move, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CIDCO) has de­ployed 34 armed se­cu­rity guards for the safety of the con­trac­tors, their per­son­nel and equip­ment in­volved in the pre-de­vel­op­ment work of the pro­posed Navi Mum­bai in­ter­na­tional air­port.

The de­ci­sion comes in the wake of the se­cu­rity threats at the air­port site that the con­trac­tor faced dur­ing in­spec­tion work re­cently. The de­ploy­ment will help se­cure the equip­ment worth crores of ru­pees at the work site and also the lives of the per­son­nel.

A Rs600 crore work of lev­el­ling of land un­der­taken by GVK com­pany that modernised Mum­bai in­ter­na­tional air­port, is set to be­gin at the site.

The com­pany is also one of the bid­ders for the air­port project and also has the right to first re­fusal in the air­port project. It had faced prob­lems from some lo­cals when its per­son­nel went to the area to col­lect land sam­ples.

Se­nior pub­lic re­la­tions officer of CIDCO, Mo­han Ni­nawe, said: “There had been op­po­si­tion by some peo­ple when there was some lev­el­ling work started in the air­port project area. This is a mat­ter of worry and hence we do not want to take any risk.”

He added, “We have ap­pointed a pri­vate agency to pro­vide armed se­cu­rity guards to de­ter any­one from any vi­o­lent ac­tion or threat to the per­son­nel.”

Ni­nawe said, “The air­port project is very im­por­tant and pres­ti­gious. The pre-de­vel­op­ment work is of crores of ru­pees and hence we are tak­ing all pre­cau­tions and steps to en­sure that the project pro­gresses smoothly.”

In May, Cidco opened bids for pre-de­vel­op­ment works worth Rs3,000 crore for the project.

CIDCO had said its project is on track and the first phase will be com­pleted in De­cem­ber 2019.

The pre-de­vel­op­ment works have to be com­pleted be­fore the ac­tual con­struc­tion of the air­port can be taken up, CIDCO joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor V Radha had said while an­nounc­ing the bids.

There are four pack­ages of height land de­vel­op­ment, in­crease in height and lev­el­ling of land in the core air­port area, which are of Rs1600 crore.

There is a Rs100 crore river diver­sion project and Rs1500 crore shift­ing of EHVT lines of Tata Power.

CIDCO has ac­quired 672 ha of land from 10 vil­lages for the con­struc­tion of the pro­posed Navi Mum­bai in­ter­na­tional air­port.

It is de­vel­op­ing Push­pak­na­gar into a smart city where the promised 22.5% de­vel­oped land is be­ing given to the pro­jectaf­fected peo­ple in lieu of the land ac­quired from them.

Push­pak­na­gar is at present un­der­go­ing land fill­ing work. The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in the six months.

A bo­gus ‘baba’ has been ex­posed in Taloja by the Navi Mum­bai crime branch for sell­ing ganja in the city.

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner He­mant Na­gar­ale had re­cently in­structed his of­fi­cers to crack down on drugs in the city. This was fol­lowed by a spe­cial drive by the anti-nar­cotics squad of the crime branch to un­earth such in­stances.

This spe­cial drive has led the po­lice to a per­son known as ‘baba’ in Padghe vil­lage of Taloja. He was later ar­rested.

Ac­cord­ing to deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Dilip Sawant, “The man would dress up in saf­fron clothes and lived a sim­ple life. This en­sured that no vil­lager suspected him of be­ing any­thing else.”

Sawant said, “Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of the prop­erty and anti-nar­cotics cell, Vinod Cha­van re­ceived a tip-off ear­lier this week, that the so called Baba dealt in drugs.”

He added, “The team then took into cus­tody, the self-pro­claimed ‘baba’, Kashinath Bhoir, 70, from Padghe vil­lage.”

Sawant said, “A search of his house led us to 8.385 kg of ganja worth Rs1 lakh. In­ter­ro­ga­tion of the ac­cused re­vealed that he planned to sell the con­sign­ment which he had stored in his house.”

A case has been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused un­der NDPS Act 1985.

Po­lice sources said that the ac­cused had cul­ti­vated the opium in the field close to his tem­ple. The rev­e­la­tion has brought to fore the pos­si­bil­ity of more such in­stances in the area.

Sawant said, “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing who all are in­volved in the racket with him.”

Cha­van had last month seized 7 kgs of ganja from a man near Ton­dre vil­lage in Taloja MIDC area.

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