Rehab deal ends opposition to Navi Mumbai airport project

The deal includes additional floor space index on 22.5 per cent of developed land as compensation.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 12, 2013 2:58:12 am

All decks for the Navi Mumbai airport are now clear with the Maharashtra government offering a slew of benefits to those affected by the project and were opposed to their land being acquired as they were not happy with the rehabilitation package.

The deal includes additional floor space index on 22.5 per cent of developed land as compensation,shares in the new company totaling 2 per cent of the equity,alternate land three times the size of their current residence along with Rs 1,000 per sq ft as construction cost and job guarantees for their children.

At a two-and-a-half hour meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Monday,the state government convinced leaders of those affected by the project that the package was better than the best compensation offered under the new Land Acquisition Act.

V Radha,joint managing director,CIDCO,the state government agency executing the Rs 14,574 crore project,said all decks were now clear. The first stage of bidding is set to begin by December.

“Major project approvals,namely from the Ministry of Civil Aviation,environment & CRZ clearance from MoEF,defence clearance from MoD,are in place. The Stage-I forest clearance is in too. Clearance from Bombay High Court for removal of mangroves on 98 hectares land was granted on October 29. Only stage-II clearance is now left which is likely to come now that the relief and rehabilitation issue is solved,” said Radha.

The state’s offer of additional FSI on the 22.5 per cent land and the package providing vocational education and job guarantees to the children of those affected by the project are said to be the clinchers,officials said.

Earlier,the government had offered an FSI of 1.5. On Monday,however,it decided to give 1.5 FSI for 12.5 per cent land and 2.5 FSI for the remaining 10 per cent.

CIDCO managing director Sanjay Bhatia said the package to provide vocational training and job guarantees to children of those affected by the project in the age group 18-35 with the help of Tata Institute of Social Sciences was a game changer. “We are in touch with recruitment agencies to execute this plan. The allotment letters will soon be prepared,” he said.

Spread over 2,268 hectares,with the core airport area on 1,160 hectares,the project — the need for which was first put on paper 27 years ago — will be completed in four phases over the next five to six years.

The total land owned by close to 5,000 families affected by the project that CIDCO will acquire after the breakthrough is 671 hectares. Officials said these people were left with little choice but to accept the sweetened deal when the chief minister told their leaders that the government will have to consider reclamation of land on sea as an alternate site if they continued to resist.

R C Gharat of the Navi Mumbai International Airport Sangharsh Samiti said while those affected by the project were not completely happy with the offer,they realised they would not get a better deal than.

“The decision to grant us additional FSI and share in the company made the deal much more agreeable to us,” he said. The rehabilitation plots are being given in a proposed new township called Pushpak Nagar spread over 170 hectares and situated near the airport.

Chavan is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday to discuss the progress of key infrastructure projects including the Navi Mumbai airport. He will seek a higher FSI on the 111 hectares of land given by JNPT for rehabilitation since the actual demand for land is 165 hectares.

WHEELS UP

22.5 percent of developed land adjoining airport to be given to project affected; 10 per cent is in lieu of cash compensation for land acquired and 12.5 per cent as part of rehabilitation package

* Earlier promised FSI of 1.5 increased to average 2

* FSI of 1.5 for plots to be put to commercial use.

* Those staying in 10 villages which fall under core airport area will get rehabilitation in the form of developed plot which is three times the size of existing plot/residence. Construction cost of Rs 1,000 per sq ft.

* 100 shares (value of Rs.10 per share) for each family.

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