Although the MMRDA has received all required approvals for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project, the land acquisition issue is giving the authority a hard time, with project affected people (PAP) demanding 40% of the developed land as compensation.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's (MMRDA) project, which will connect Mumbai to the mainland, needs 96 hectares from Gavan, Jasai and Chirle villages for the project.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (Cidco) has already acquired 69 hectares. Now, the MMRDA is holding discussions with the PAP, mostly local farmers, to acquire the remaining 27 hectares through Cidco. On a meeting held on Friday, the PAP demanded that they be given developed land equivalent to 40% of the 27 hectares acquired from them.
Mahendra Gharat, a leader of the PAP, said "The authorities will earn a great deal from the project, so we want farmers to be compensated properly. We are still open to negotiations."
The MMRDA, however, said it won't be able to give that much. "We have assured them that they will get same compensation as the PAP of Navi Mumbai International Airport," said Ashwini Bhide, additional commissioner, MMRDA.
This may be about 25% of the developed land. The 22-km MTHL will connect Sewri to Chirle in Navi Mumbai.