A crippling standoff between the project affected persons (PAPs) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) was called off on Thursday after Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan promised that the issue of the demand for compensatory land would be resolved within 3 months.
The lifeline port accounts for 60% of India’s container cargo.
The PAPs were protesting against the non-allotment of developed land in lieu of their plots taken for developing the port. The affected parties were to be allotted 12.5% of the developed land.
“We have been protesting for long and hope that the matter is sorted out as promised by the CM,” said Vijay Patil, 44, an advocate by profession and a PAP.
“There have been several occasions since 1984 when the government has promised something but not delivered it and the situation of the PAPs is like landless labourers,” Patil told HT. “This time the CM has asked me to stop the stir and he has given a personal guarantee that our demands would be met.”
The PAPs’ strike had received a support from 30,000 JNPT workers, as a result of which, the port was shut down. According to industry estimates JNPT and all its ancillary industries had lost around R500 crore per day due to the stir.
“JNPT is India’s biggest and busiest port and when it remains closed for four days there are lot of logistical issues such as a backlog, which will take at least two weeks to clear,” said SK Kaul, chief manager, administration and secretary, JNPT.