Khed villagers are hopeful that if the opposition from Purandar villagers continues, they stand a good chance to get back the airport. After proposing 1,800 hectares land for the airport, Khed MLA Suresh Gore has put forth the proposal to District Collector Saurabh Rao, seeking intervention from the state government. Shirur MP Shivaji Adhalrao-Patil, who too is pushing for the airport in Khed, has already had a detailed discussion with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about the site.
The site was earlier opposed by the Khed villagers. The administration had assessed nearly four sites in the area but because of stiff opposition, the government was forced to find another site, which was zeroed-in on Purandar. A few days back, the Chief Minister had declared the new site at Purandar and even announced the name of the airport as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International airport.
Rao said that they have received the proposal from the Khed MLA. “The villagers have extended complete support to give up their lands for the airport. We have forwarded the same to the state government,” said Rao on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, reiterating that they will be making efforts to reach out to the Purandar villagers, the collector said, his team is already spread out in different directions to study the various land acquisition models. He said they have been continuously reiterating that “there will not be a forceful acquisition”. The process will involve the villagers discussing the “best model” and it will be tailor made model for this project as is has been done for various projects.
The team is assessing the Amaravati, the new capital for Andhra Pradesh, model for land acquisition, the Cochin airport land acquisition model and the Navi Mumbai land acquisition model.
The collector said that the administration has also been asked to update all the revenue land records in Purandar so that in future, in case of acquisition or notification, there is no issue in the ownership, said the collector.
The collector added that the ground level survey will be initiated on October 20 and it will be carried out till November 5. “Besides rehabilitation models, we will look at a sustainable model of livelihood for the project-affected,” said the collector.
Last week, nearly 2,500 villagers from seven villages from Purandar submitted their demands to the Collectorate office to be forwarded to the Chief Minister stating opposition to land acquisition from their villages to the proposed international airport announced by the government. From farmers, women and children, the group marched holding placards in black stating_ “Vimantal nako re, nako re, amachya gavat amhich hou upre” (We do not want the airport in our area, we would become outsiders in our own land).