Following a nudge from the Prime Minister’s Office to get the Navi Mumbai airport off the ground before the 2014 polls, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan got senior cabinet members — including deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and local ruling alliance legislators — involved in resolving the land acquisition issue.
“Without his party and ally NCP getting on board, the issue will not be sorted. Chavan knows he needs their backing,” said a senior minister.
The rehabilitation of 10 villages occupying 291 hectares needed for the project is the only hurdle left before the airport, which has got all the Centre’s clearances.
The state has decided to win over locals by addressing complaints of project affected persons from old Navi Mumbai projects.