After Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that sites in Purandar taluka have received “in-principle” approval from the Airports Authority of India (AAI), residents of the villages, while welcoming the move have expressed anxiety over the rehabilitation project.
A delegation of former MLAs and villagers from Rajewadi village met the district collector recently to discuss the ways by which the administration could acquire land in the area and the process of rehabilitation and compensation.
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District collectorate officials said although the AAI has given “in-principle approval”, what needs to be approved is the belt and the areas which will come under acquisition.
While a ground obstacle survey has been approved by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), which will see the government spending at least Rs 40-50 lakh, the area demarcation will take place only after the survey.
“All rehabilitation models are being studied. We have already proceeded with our talks to check the documents of the Cochin airport model and other models in the country will be studied. We have assured that land will not be taken by force and it will only be carried out after proper negotiations,’’ said district collector Saurabh Rao.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP from Khed Shivaji Adhalrao said he would talk to Fadnavis to request that the Chakan belt be reconsidered as it would be more feasible for the industrialists and drawing more investment into the state.
“There is more than three lakh crore investment in the belt and it is time that the government reconsiders the proposal,’’ said Adhalrao, who is scheduled to meet the chief minister this week to discuss the issue. The Khed-Chakan belt was proposed at least ten years ago but because of opposition and the non-availability of the required land of above 1,500 hectare, the project was not carried forward.