An all-new Pan­vel in the mak­ing

The Navi Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port project will im­prove in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties

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PAN­VEL: The non­de­script Pan­vel taluka land­scape is all set to un­dergo a sea change with the pro­posal to de­velop the green field in­ter­na­tional air­port in the taluka that had been stuck be­cause of ob­jec­tion in land ac­qui­si­tion from project af­fected peo­ple (PAP).

Bar­ring a few reser­va­tions, the PAP fi­nally agreed to the pack­age of­fered by the state gov­ern­ment dur­ing a meet­ing with chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van on Mon­day.

The project will mean that the ge­og­ra­phy of the taluka in­clud­ing hills, the two rivers as well as roads and trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties will un­dergo wide­spread mod­i­fi­ca­tion and that the re­gion will be de­vel­oped at par with Mum­bai, said sources in City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco).

The state gov­ern­ment de­cided to build an in­ter­na­tional air­port in Pan­vel to ease the traf­fic bur­den on the ex­ist­ing air­port in Mum­bai. Re­spond­ing to the state’s re­quest, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment had set up a com­mit­tee in 1997 to look into the is­sue. The com­mit- tee ap­proved con­struc­tion of the air­port in Navi Mum­bai.

Cidco and the state gov­ern­ment have re­ceived all nec­es­sary ap­provals for the pro­posed air­port in­clud­ing per­mis­sion for re­mov­ing man­groves spread over 172 hectares from the Bom­bay high court re­cently.

The anti-en­croach­ment depart­ment of Cidco had sent notices to real es­tate de­vel­op­ers within 25-km ra­dius of Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (Naina) two months ago ask­ing them to stop con­struc­tion work.

“The air­port will lead to large scale-de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture in terms of roads and high­ways in­clud­ing the Nhava Sheva Sewri link which, too, will soon be­come a re­al­ity,” said Ra­jesh Prajapati, pres­i­dent of Navi Mum­bai Cham­ber of Hous­ing and In­dus­try (MCHI), Raigad.

“Apart from in­fra­struc­ture the project will also im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity to the re­gion and this will im­ply that var­i­ous in­dus­tries and busi­nesses are set up in the area. Th­ese will in­clude those sup­port­ing the air­port di­rectly and also the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, etc,” he added.

Bhu­pen Shah, for­mer pres­i­dent of Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of Navi Mum­bai (BANM), said, “While the real es­tate mar­ket is sure to boom, more ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes and av­enues for en­ter­tain­ment are also sure to come up in the area.”

Shah added that the econ­omy of the re­gion as a whole will see a boost be­cause of the all-round de­vel­op­ment of Pan­vel taluka.

De­vang Trivedi, pres­i­dent of BANM also con­curred with the two real­tors. “Many em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties will be on of­fer not just for the lo­cals, but for all those re­sid­ing around the re­gion There will be a rise in de­mand of un­skilled worker as well as ed­u­cated tech­nocrats,” he said, adding that the project was sig­nif­i­cant not just for shar­ing Mum­bai air­port’s load, but also be­cause it was a cat­a­lyst for the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

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