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Navi Mumbai airport’s landing gets green signal from project-affected people who will get 22.5 pc developed land, but no cash compensation

Mumbai :  As project-affected persons (PAPs) have finally agreed to accept a deal wherein they will get 22.5 percent developed land with an average 2 FSI, the last major hurdle for kickstarting the Navi Mumbai international airport project has also been removed.  The breakthrough was achieved by all concerned authorities and people’s representatives at a high-level meeting organised on a Monday, the day on which Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan completed his government’s three years in power

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Opposition from  PAPs had so far stalled the project. But now they have agreed to the CM’s proposal of offering 22.5 percent developed land with average 2 FSI.  Chavan succeeded in convincing them to give up the demand of cash compensation and also of 35 percent developed land. PAPs, who had earlier pressed for compensation of Rs 20 crore per acre, had first insisted on allocation of 40% and then 35% developed land.

“After months of discussions, PAPs have finally agreed to the state government’s offer of 22.5% developed land for one hectare of land acquired. The PAPs have also withdrawn their demand for cash compensation.  They also agreed to a proposal for a  joint survey. This has paved the way for airport which will serve to at least 10 crore air travellers,’’  the state government has claimed. After hectic nego-tiations, it was decided that they would get one FSI for 12.5% of developed land and 2.5% FSI for another 10% developed land. The residents of 10 villages in the core airport areas will get thrice developed land three times more land to the current residential plot that they occupy. The minimum area of the developed plot for these residents will be 40 square meters, but the maximum limit will be decided soon.  They will also get financial aid for construction of homes as Rs. 1000 per square feet. The commercial plots in the project will get 15 FSI.  Every un-divided PAPs family will get 100 shares with face value of Rs. 10 each. CM also directed City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) which is the nodal agency for the project to hold weekly meeting to sort out problems of PAPs.

The agreement for acquisition of a total 671 acres of such land, including 292 hectares in the core aeronautical area, will pave way for the CIDCO to invite requests for qualification (RFQ). The CIDCO will come up with a new township, Pushpak Nagar, close to the proposed airport. Around 1,200 stakeholders of the airport will be rehabilitated there. Pushpak Nagar, spread across 180 hectares of land, will be a developed city having state-of-the-art infrastructure besides best facilities for education, healthcare and shopping. The  CIDCO  will provide vocational training to the  younger generation of PAPs aged between 18 and 35. This will help them get employment in the allied sectors that will mushroom once the airport becomes operational.

The agreement was achieved barely two days before Chief Minister Chavan attended a meeting in New Delhi called by  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the bottlenecks in the progress of the green-field airport at Panvel.

Government and CIDCO officials indicated that the valuation of two FSI comes to Rs 25 crore per hectare. Further, the PAPs will get 2,268 hectare land required for the airport project, so far 1,572 hectare (government and private) is in CIDCO’s possession.

R C Gharat, chief negotiator for PAPs, confirmed that they are agreeable to the government’s offer of allotment of 22.5% land.

He said the government also offered an option of compensation to those who do not agree to this agreement, which will be provided compensation under the new Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act whereby PAPs will be entitled to get double the price of ready reckoner for their land in addition to 12.5% developed land. Further, PAPs will have an option to approach court.

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