Govt un­able to set dead­line for air­port land ac­qui­si­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

The fate of the much awaited pro­posed in­ter­na­tional air­port project in Navi Mum­bai hangs in bal­ance with the state government un­able to fix a time frame for land ac­qui­si­tion of the 291 hectares that is yet to be ac­quired for the project.

Re­ply­ing to a query over the pro­posed air­port in the leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly, chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van ad­mit­ted that the air­port work can­not be taken up with­out com­ple­tion of the land ac­qui­si­tion. Of the to­tal 1,160 hectares of land needed for the avi­a­tion project, 291 hectares of pri­vately owned land is yet to be ac­quired, he said.

This ad­mis­sion by the chief min­is­ter has come as a shocker to the city- based real es­tate de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors.

Puneet Sablok, part­ner in Kamd­henu Builders said “I have started 7 projects in Ulwe and Karan­jade and was ex­pect­ing the air­port to be built soon but now it is dis­ap­point­ing to know that there is a de­lay.”

Manohar Shroff of Shivam Builders, and Ma­ha­rash­tra Cham­ber of Hous­ing In­dus­try (MCHI), Navi Mum­bai unit sec­re­tary said, “There is no po­lit­i­cal will to­wards this par­tic­u­lar project. In the last 20 years, the me­dia has high­lighted that the air­port would come up soon but the government’s re­cent an­nounce­ment has shat­tered the hopes of many real es­tate in­vestors.”

Arvind Goel, MCHI Navi Mum­bai pres­i­dent said “It is very un­for­tu­nate. The government has failed mis­er­ably to ful­fill the ex­pec­ta­tions of the com­mon man. Many 5 star ho­tels had opened here, ex­pect­ing good busi­ness prospects due to the air­port and of course this sort of de­ci­sion will lead to a loss,” he said.

De­vang Trivedi, sec­re­tary of Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of Navi Mum­bai and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Pro­gres­sive Group said “This project needs to be im­ple­ment- ed at any cost. It is like a dream now for the city. The government should set up a body to en­sure fast im­ple­men­ta­tion of the air­port project.”

“The government should give top pri­or­ity to the project. Proper and strin­gent ne­go­ti­a­tions from the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties are ex­pected,” he said.

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