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6 Villages Think About Taking Airport Land Battle To Court
The Times Of India, Feb 25 2014, Navi Mumbai: Six villages, opposing the Navi Mumbai International Airport, are considering taking the battle to court.
A day after the state government made it clear that the villagers will get 22.5% of developed land as compensation and those opposing it will get a package according to the Union government’sLand Acquisition Act (which is 20% of the developed land), the members of the protesting villages said, “We have not got any official communication on the latest development from the state government.”
Mahendra Patil, leader of the organization formed by the farmers of these six villages – Antarrashtriya Vimanthal Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, said, “The villagers are not going to accept the offered compensation. If the package is forced on us, farmers are contemplating fighting a legal battle.”
Mahendar Naik, a farmer, said, City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), under section 4 (1), had given notice to the farmers for land acquisition. “The authority is not giving us the time for hearing. Villagers will meet to discuss the future plan of action and reply to the Cidco notice.”
He added, “The villagers are united on the issue of revision in the offered compensation package. We will explore all options to take the issue to a logical end.”
The six villages are important for the airport as they constitute its core area. The villagers, opposing the project, are demanding 35% of the developed land, instead of the highest-ever compensation package (22.5%) offered to project affected people in India.
Cidco officials claimed that the agency has offered the “best package ever in the history” and will not be able to increase the offer.
“It’s a prestigious project. As an exception, the government took the decision to give such high compensation. But if a section of people are still opposing the project, then it’s up to the villagers to decide on the future course of action,” said a Cidco official.