Navi Mumbai Airport in limbo

airCracks have surfaced among the Navi Mumbai project as a group of villagers raised voice against the Maharashtra Government, offering them 22.5 pc of the allocated developed land. But the villagers have some other idea, now the villagers are asking for 35 pc monetary damage of around Rs 6.25 cr per hectare.  The agitators have caught the officials of the state government and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) unawares.

The farmers from five villages Pargaon, Dungi, Kohli, Ovla and Upper Ovla have taken the issue upfront and these are five villages out of 10 villages from 671 hectare land to be acquired by the CIDCO for the new Navi Mumbai International Airport in the state.

The villager don’t agree to the government offer and they want 35 pc as monetary damages with additional 50 pc reservations of job for the affected persons in the multi-crore project.  The villagers will meet soon to bring a road map for protesting and will take up the issue to New Delhi if needed.

The agitation comes out barely the state govt declared that it has reached a deal with the farmers with a compensation package of 22.5 pc of developed land and the development work will commence soon.  The govt had also assured to provide them land to construct houses.

CIDCO officials will meet the villagers soon and will try to tame them to begin the airport work. Maha Govt and the civic body had work out a new compensation for the affected villagers.

The state govt is hopping that the villagers will understand the offer and drop their opposition against the project.

BAI Advices Maharashtra Government to Take Over SRA Redevelopment

MUMBAI: In view of the tremendous response received by state-run housing corporation MHADA for its offer of 4,034 houses under different categories, Builders Association of India has adviced the Maharashtra government to take control of the redevelopment of SRA schemes and nominate MHADA, MMRDA and CIDCO as the official agencies for redevelopment of slum. BAI Treasurer, Anand Gupta said, “MHADA, MMRDA and CIDCO like agencies could offer free rehabilitation houses to eligible slum residents by constructing multi – storied buildings as provided in the SRA Scheme. They can sell the balance area to all those applicants of MHADA flats who did not get allotment”. BAI has sent a written proposal to state government in this regard.

“Over 2 lakh people had applied for the 4,034 MHADA flats in May this year, and nearly 7 lakh home-seekers are expecting that they will get flats at very reasonable rates. Funding such projects will not be an issue since customers are ready to buy the houses at rates and terms of payment as announced by MHADA”. MHADA has a unique advantage, it has over a period of time collected a huge data base of home-seekers in Mumbai, which promises ready customers for affordable and mass housing segments.

All these Government bodies have made the mandatory consent by 70 percent slum residents will not be required. As per SRA record, 1,046 plots are available with state Government for redevelopment. That can house 3,70,000 flats of 430 square feet as per carpet area, and provide housing to six lac slum residents.