Saturday, October 28, 2017

Villagers say yes, Navi Mumbai airport work to resume

Navi Mumbai: After a six-hour-long meeting, the residents of 10 villages affected by the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport project on Friday gave permission to the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) to resume work at the site.

The Project Affected People (PAP) gave the go-ahead after reaching an agreement on 17 contentious issues with CIDCO Managing Director Bhushan Gagrani. Mr. Gangrani said that work on the project site would resume with police protection from Saturday.

One platoon of the State Reserve Police Force would provide security to the workers and anyone trying to obstruct work would have to face legal proceedings.

The meeting took place at the CIDCO office amid high security as thousands of villagers had protested and stopped work on the project site on October 20.

Mohan Ninawe, CIDCO public relations officer, said: “The work will be resumed from Saturday and 25% of the remaining development work will be completed within the next three months. We addressed all the concerns raised by the villagers.”
28/10/17 Raina Assainar/The Hindu