In a significant development, Cidco has cleared a major hurdle by removing more than 3,070 existing structures in the core airport area, encompassing 10 villages, which will pave the way for construction at the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The entire airport land of around 1,160 hectares has been handed over to the developer, Adani Group, for the proposed second airport for Mumbai.
According to Cidco, all project-affected persons from 10 villages of the core airport site have been evicted and they have accepted the compensation offer of developed land at the new township of Pushpak Nagar in Ulwe. Cidco said rehabilitation of more than 5,000 families from the 10 core airport villages is nearing completion and construction of the airport will speed up.
“Cidco has successfully achieved the important milestones of the airport project till date due to the cooperation of the PAPs of NMIA. The challenging task of clearing the airport site was no exception. The pre-development works in the airport area have already been completed. The work of Navi Mumbai International Airport is proceeding as per scheduled timelines. The project is on track,” said Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, vicechairman and managing director of Cidco.
CIdco is developing the NMIA project on 1,160 hectares of land encompassing 10 villages in Panvel taluka of the Raigad district. “Considering the contribution made by the PAPs from these villages for a nationally important project, Cidco has given them the best rehabilitation package in the country. Also, for the rehabilitation of those affected by the airport project, Cidco is developing Pushpak Nagar, a complete rehabilitation and resettlement township near the airport,” said a Cidco official.
Cidco sources said except for jobs to all family members in affected villages, Cidco has agreed to fulfil most demands.
The pre-development work done so far includes Ulve river diversion, hill cutting, shifting of power transmission lines, flattening, reclaiming marsh land and site work.