Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rumblings with in goverment over proposed site at Purandar

With farmers and landowners of Purandar all set to march into Pune on Thursday as a show of strength and unity, a member of parliament of Shiv Sena, has claimed the landowners would face losses if the new Pune international airport comes up at the decided site.
Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, Sena's MP from Shirur Lok Sabha constituency, told TOI on Wednesday that the state government did not pay heed to his recommendations to consider Khed as the site.
The MP, who allegedly sided with the landowners of Chakan, a town in Khed, which led to the state government opting for Purandar instead, said he will further push the government to reconsider its decision.
"The farmers at Purandar will face a loss if the Pune airport comes up there. It has been said by the state government that the landowners will get a share of profit from the infrastructure which will be developed in Purandar as part of the airport project. If the airport comes at Purandar, people from areas like Khed, Chakan and Pimpri will not use the facilities and will prefer the proposed Navi Mumbai airport instead. Profit will take at least seven to ten years to come by, and hit the landowners adversely. The government's claim that a percentage of the developed land would be given back to landowners also doesn't sound feasible," he said.
On Tuesday, opposition parties, especially Congress, had announced that they were standing with the protesting landowners of Purandar and would fight for their rights with all their strength to ensure their land is not taken away.
13/10/16 Joy Sengupta/The Times Of india
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