Navi Mumbai Airport update

The government is considering creating a new township spread over 500 acres (200 hectares) that would be owned by project affected persons (PAPs) of Navi Mumbai International Airport.
The township would be a compensation to the PAPs for surrendering their land for the international airport. Every PAPs will be given back 22.5% of their total holding as developed land. This land will be provided with infrastructure such as roads, drains, open spaces, etc. and will be worth Rs 18-20 crore per hectare, said officials. This is in addition to a job, vocational training, stipend and other incentives. There are 1,200 families that own 651 hectares, which the government needs for the international airport. The PAPs have been demanding 35% of their land-holding back as compensation.
The City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), the nodal agency for executing the airport project, on Monday made a presentation to CM Prithviraj Chavan on the compensation package.
Sources said Cidco owns 200 hectares near airport on which it proposes to set up the township. “Today, most of the land owned by the villagers is in the coastal regulatory zone and in effect has no market value as it can’t be developed. What we are offering them is land that is properly developed and in close vicinity to the airport which will bring them huge monetary benefits,’’ said an official.
Sources said a meeting will be held with the PAP representatives to discuss the township proposal. “If they accept it, it will be put up before the cabinet for its approval. The day we sign the agreement with the PAPs, that very day we shall give them their allotment letters,’’ said officials.
The demarcation of plots would take two to three months and the creation of infrastructure would take another 18 to 24 months, said officials. The airport operations are expected to commence in 2015 as per Cidco projections.

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