Friday, June 15, 2018

Cidco struggles to shift airport area kids

Navi Mumbai: Cidco’s plan to shift primary school children from the 10 villages of the core area of the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport in the new academic year has met with limited success.
The move to shift the children to the new Zilla Parishad schools in Vadghar and Wahal is also in sync to get the villagers to vacate their ancestral homes by July 7, the deadline or “appointment date” for handing over the core area of 1,160 hectares to the strategic partner—Mumbai international airport limited (MIAL)— that holds 74% stake in the SPV Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited; the other partners being Cidco and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) with 13% equity stake.
So far, 1,125 of the 2,876 structures (39%) in the villages have been razed.
The Vadghar new primary school was inaugurated on Friday, but the Wahal school did not have any takers. “The children of the three airport core area villagers—Chinchpada, Koli and Waghivali Wada—will shift to the new school. But the children of the families of the other seven villages are yet to. We are trying to encouarage and coax them,” a Cidco official said. Cidco joint secretary Prajakta Lavangre Verma said the schools are “bigger and better”.
The remaining seven villages of the airport area are Ulwe, Targhar, Ganeshpuri, Kombadbhuje, Koli, Waghivali and Varchaowle.
15/06/18 Times of India