The proposed Navi Mumbai international airport has run into a lot of turbulence since its conception, a major one being that the project-affected people (PAP) are not satisfied with the compensation being offered to them.
However, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who was in Navi Mumbai last Wednesday, clarified that the PAP’s land would not be taken away from them till the time they are given a good compensation, which they are satisfied with.
“The PAP will be given a good compensation, without which their land won’t be taken away. We want to work on a plan from which future generations can also benefit,” said Pawar. The state government has offered 22.5 per cent of developed land to the affected persons, something they are not content with.
The deputy chief minister made the comments during his visit to the onion and potato market at the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on the occasion of late Annasaheb Patil’s birth anniversary. He added that as there was a lot of pressure on the city’s airport, hence, there was a need to have another one.
Still on the cards
Industrial development body CIDCO, which is the nodal agency for the ambitious project, denied rumours of the airport project being scrapped, considering the cost escalations and multiple delays.
CIDCO’s joint managing director V Radha said the project was still very much on the table, and would materialise. Recently, the PMO set a deadline for key infrastructure projects in the city, which included the proposed airport.
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Photos: Deepika Padukone, Sushmita Sen with daughters at Mumbai airport