Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Navi Mumbai airport operations hit; Cidco looks at options to resume work

Navi Mumbai: It is October 17 today-- the revised benchmark done by the Devendra Fadnavis government for project affected persons ofhe Rs 16,000 crore Navi Mumbai international airport to avail the 18-month rental scheme-- availing the rent as a waiting period for them to build new domains after shifting from 10 villages in the core airport area where hill operations to be done for meeting deadline took a hit for the 6th consecutive day.
Cidco has charted out an alternative to local police protection and contemplated petitioning the state government for deployment of state reserve police for resuming the airport operations as the engineering department has expressed its concern and disenchantment for the operations taking a grinding halt. There is a daily benchmark of blasting required to be done to reduce the hill size, level the landmass for the runway and airport complex to be developed.
But, till so far only about 5% of the 3500 families have shifted (according to Cidco relief and rehabilitation department) and their continuing to stay in the native villages was a cause for concern for the hill operations.
The figure could be as low as just about 3 families as per the leaders agitating against the R&R package.
17/10/17 Times of India

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