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Enumeration of villagers to be displaced starts

The state government on Monday kickstarted the process of enumerating villagers in 10 hamlets in Panvel who will be displaced by the Navi Mumbai International Airport.

Written by Kavitha Iyer | Mumbai |
October 11, 2011 1:13:39 am

The state government on Monday kickstarted the process of enumerating villagers in 10 hamlets in Panvel who will be displaced by the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).

While the precise details of the rehabilitation package,including a likely land-for-land deal,are being finalised by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco),the committee of affected landowners — who had earlier refused to cooperate for a survey — have now given the go-ahead to NGO Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) to carry out the data collection work.

On Monday,a team of about 16 surveyors from SPARC began numbering the 600-odd houses of Chinchpada,one of the 10 hamlets from where Cidco is to acquire over 400 hectare.

“The data collection will include not only details of the houses in the villages,but also all other infrastructure in the village,from a temple or mosque to trees,wells,etc,” said Jockin Arputham,Padma awardee and founder of SPARC.

“This will enable us to ensure that villagers can be compensated for all these amenities as well,” he said,adding that SPARC will play the role of a neutral go-between to liaise between the project-affected people and Cidco throughout the relocation process.

Though the Navi Mumbai International Airport Project Affected People’s Committee still has to accept the locations where they are to be moved,Jockin said Cidco had earlier acquired three plots on the fringes of the airport area where these families can be relocated.

He added that the entire relocation process,starting with the survey,will be conducted in a transparent manner,with every house surveyed being given a copy of the questionnaire along with the details they provide during the enumeration,an identity card along with a photograph of the family.

Following the Baseline Socio-Economic Survey,SPARC and Cidco will also draw up plans for the “economic rehabilitation” of those affected by the project,including job generation.

Cidco chairman Pramod Hindurao said the rehabilitation package will be humane. “Every effort is being taken to ensure that the villagers’ needs are kept in mind,” he said.

Meanwhile,R C Gharat,a local Congress office-bearer from Raigad who is now negotiating with Cidco on behalf of the committee of villagers,said a final resolution of the rehabilitation package issue could be expected soon. Last month,he had made a demand of Rs 20 crore per acre,given the rapidly increasing property prices in the area.

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