Navi Mumbai Airport will finally see the light of the day

After a long meeting, the inhabitants 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 meeting was held at the CIDCO office with high security as thousands of villagers had protested and caused hindrance in work on the project site on October 20.

Mohan Ninawe, CIDCO public relations officer, said: “The work will resume soon and 25% of the remaining development work will be completed within the next three months. We resolved all the issues raised by the villagers.”

CIDCO, officials agreed to set up a ₹1-crore fund and give each of the 10 villages 1,000 square meters of land to construct a temple.

CIDCO Officials assured villagers that the issue of private temples in each village would be addressed to the Chief Minister in next meeting.

The Urban Development Department will consider for a reassessment of the earlier approved construction aid amount of ₹1,000 per square feet. Officials also said that some people had already applied for rental scheme introduced by CIDCO for Villagers in October.

Mr. Gagrani said, “These villagers are those who have already evacuated or are in the process of vacating their land. Of the 2,771 plots, 1,977 are ready and the remaining will be completed within three months.”

Sachin Keni from Chinchpada village said, “The CIDCO officials have also agreed to address the issue to the Chief Minister regarding the demand to construct an extended roof and verandah to the houses promised to us”. CIDCO has also consented to hand over 200 square meters of land in each village for women to set up Mahila Mandals.

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