Project Affected People (PAP) of Navi Mumbai have planned a massive agitation from Monday to strike at the business interests of the City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (CIDCO), the nodal agency of Navi Mumbai.
Organisers say they have appealed to villagers to not resort to violence.
The people are angry at the lack of action on 21 long-pending demands that include regularisation of need based extensions of their houses, 100% reservation for the PAP in CIDCO projects, civic amenities and infrastructure in the villages and also allotment of 12.5% land to the PAP, who are yet to receive it.
Led by veteran PAP leader DB Patil under the aegis of JNPT and CIDCO PAP Sangharsh Samiti and supported by politicians across party lines, organisers are expecting between 30,000 to 40,000 villagers of Navi Mumbai, primarily from areas under CIDCO jurisdiction, to come to CIDCO Bhavan in CBD Belapur and to its various project sites to stop their functioning.
Any possibility of the agitation being called off was dashed when leaders of the PAP did not attend a meeting called by Manukumar Sirvastav, principal secretary, state urban development on Sunday.
Panvel MLA Prashant Thakur said, “We had given notice about the agitation 15 days ago and these issues are long-pending. There was no point in being invited to a meeting just a day before the agitation. We would have lost the trust of the PAP if we had attended the meeting.”
Speaking on the agitation, Thakur said, “There is a lot of anger among the PAP against CIDCO as they have not got their due despite sacrificing their land for the development of the region. CIDCO has, however, been expanding its financial empire and going about flaunting its success forgetting those who made it possible.”
Thakur said, “The PAP have now decided to agitate in such a way that CIDCO’s businesses come to a halt. We will shut down the CIDCO head office and all development projects in the region. These will include the metro project and any progress on the airport project.”