Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Navi Mumbai airport: villagers to stay put till demands are met

umbai: The residents of four villages located on the site of the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport have decided to stay put and not vacate their homes till their demands are met.

The villagers of Kombadbhuje, Ulwe, Ganeshpuri and Targhar hamlets accused the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) of demolishing their temple and confiscating the idols. In protest, the villagers have refused to vacate the project site, which CIDCO has to handover to airport developer GVK by June.

The villagers said that they would also not be availing of CIDCO’s incentive scheme, which offers an additional ₹500 per square feet to villagers for vacating their homes and demolishing them before March 31.

Sudhakar Koli, a resident of Kombadbhuje, said, “The four villages have decided to not avail of the scheme till CIDCO meets our demand of relocating us with respect to a place that has water, electricity and schools. If needed, we will halt the airport work like we did before.”
07/03/18 Raina Assainar/The Hindu