Large group of protesters including BJP workers held a demonstration in Navi Mumbai on Thursday over the name of the international airport being built in the city. Heavy security has been deployed at the spot of the protest, news agency ANI wrote on twitter.
Yesterday, the Navi Mumbai Police announced a traffic diversion anticipating a law and order situation on Thursday in view of villagers and local politicians threatening to gherao CIDCO Bhavan in Belapur with the demand that the upcoming international airport be named after late activist D B Patil.
DCP, Traffic, Purushottam Karad said the traffic on the Mumbai-Pune Highway between Kharghar and Belapur will be diverted. No vehicle will be allowed in the vicinity of the CBD Belapur in the morning on Thursday.
Police have deployed personnel anticipating a large gathering at CIDCO Bhavan. The Maharashtra government and CIDCO had announced to name the greenfield airport after late Bal Thackeray, but local leaders are demanding that it be renamed after late D B Patil, who fought for the rights of Project Affected People.
Panvel MLA Prashant Thakur earlier said that they are going to protest on June 24 despite no permission from the Police. “We do not want to put pressure on the state government by gathering such a large crowd. But the state government was not ready to listen when we were talking peacefully,” said Thakur, adding that they will gherao the CIDCO Bhawan on June 24 as planned, and more than 70,000 villagers are expected to participate.
On June 10, thousands of villagers formed a human chain to coerce the state government to name the proposed NMIA after the late DB Patil. All-Party Action Committee (APAC) that conducted the human chain said that over 40,000 villagers from Raigad, Thane, Palghar, and Navi Mumbai participated in the chain.
(With inputs from agencies)