Sunday, October 15, 2017

Airport work grinds to a halt; police deployment after FIFA

Navi Mumbai: The Ulwe hill blasting, cutting and river diversion work for the development of Navi Mumbai international airport (NMIA) took a hit the third day since Thursday when villagers protested the relief and rehab package, but with the commissioner of police (CP) office communicating to Cidco that deployment of force at the site for re-starting the operations was possible after the on-going under-17 FIFA soccer matches ended on October 25, work in all likelihood continue to take a hit.
A Cidco officer said, `` we want the operations to start, but there's an issue about police deployment. Besides, we are closed next week for Diwali from 18th till 22nd,'' indicating hill operations not starting any day soon.
Cidco had got the indication of facing rough weather last week Friday when the MD along with a former MP, also a contractor and in BJP, Ramsheth Thakur was at the site for a bhoomi pujan to start work from the eastern side of the hill for blasting and Ulwe river diversion. Currently, the work was underway from the north side.
DCP (zone II), Rajendra Mane said, `` the 10 villages in the core airport area come under zone I and zone II. Cidco officers have mer me regarding the work issue, but have told them that deployment was possible in as required after October, 25. There is a communication in this regard from the CP office.''
15/10/17 Times of India