Navi Mumbai airport clears PAP test, ready to take off

Published: 12 November, 2013 06:24 IST | Richa Pinto |

Project was stalled because Project-Affected Persons (PAP) had refused compensation offered to them in exchange for their land; after a meeting with CM, they have accepted the offer

The Navi Mumbai international airport seems to have cleared its last hurdle. The project had been stuck at its last hurdle, where the Project-Affected Persons (PAPs) had turned down the compensation offered to them in exchange for giving up their land for the development of the airport.

The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) had offered 22.5 per cent of the developed land per hectare of the land acquired, but the PAPs were pushing for a 35 per cent compensation. The project was in limbo over the disagreement between the two parties.

Sanjay Bhatia, managing director of CIDCO, had said that the offer was the best deal, and in case the impasse was not resolved, another land in the Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) had already been identified.

Senior CIDCO officials claimed that although the PAPs met them on Friday, they were keen on meeting the Chief Minister probably because they were keen on negotiating the offer with the highest authority. Representatives of PAPs met CM Prithviraj Chavan yesterday to discuss the issue.

R C Gharat, one of the negotiators on behalf of the PAPs said, “While for 12.5 per cent of the land they have agreed for an FSI of 1.5, for the remaining 10 per cent, an FSI of 2.5 has been decided upon. Besides this, we have also been promised a few shares of the company which CIDCO is expected to give from their side,” said Gharat. Initially, the offer had been to give an FSI of 1.5 the 22.5 per cent of the developed land. The development is a big relief for CIDCO, especially when a meeting with the PM about the upcoming Greenfield airport in the MMR is scheduled to take place on November 13.

Considering that 95 per cent of the clearances had been received, CIDCO officials were keen on finalising the deal with the PAPs before the meeting with the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, an official press release by CIDCO said that a major roadblock regarding the resettlement and relocation of the PAPs had been cleared. The 10 villages to be relocated would get a minimum area of 400 square feet. The maximum area is yet to be decided upon.

2,268 hectares
Total airport area of Navi Mumbai international airport

1,160 hectares
Core area of the airport 

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