Rehab deal ends opposition to Navi Mumbai airport project

AirportAll decks for the Navi Mumbai airport are now clear with the Maharashtra government offering a slew of benefits. (PTI)

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.

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