Navi Mumbai airport project gains pace


By Indra  Bhadra

Navi Mumbai : The much-awaited international airport project in Navi Mumbai gained momentum as most of the disgruntled villagers have fallen in line, literally. The City and Industrial Development Corporation has set the deadline for submitting consent letter on October 6.

“More and more people have come forward to make the airport project a grand success,” said a CIDCO official, adding many more are expected to submit their consent letters in coming days. Now, the villagers were keen to co-operate for the on-going survey and hence there was no need for police deployment for survey, said another CIDCO official.

Those villagers who were opposing the government’s land deal offer from the beginning, realised that the CIDCO’s airport relief package is better than the compensation under Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, said a source familiar with the development. As the deadline neared, the Metro One in New Panvel was opened on Sunday for accepting consent letter from villagers and would be open on Monday despite being a public holiday.

According to sources at deputy collector office, Raigad, the planning agency had so far received 600 of the 1,350 consent letters and nearly 50% of the R&R (relief and rehabilitation) letters. The houses which were constructed before September 2013 will be counted in the R&R survey. More info