Accepting the farmers’ demand for 22.5% of the developed land, the authorities – Cidco and MMRDA – seem to have resolved the land acquisition issue for the proposed Sewri-Nhava trans-harbour link that has been pending for more than two years.
Around 184 of the 304 project-affected people are reported to have submitted consent letters, to give their land for the project that will link the city to Uran in Navi Mumbai. The bone of contention was the land along the national highway 4B, where the link ends at Uran. Farmers from Jasai, Nhava, Gavhan and Chirle villages in the area were locked in a tussle with the authorities over the acquisition of land and had also formed a committee to present their demands. In a bid to reach a middle ground, CIDCO managing director Sanjay Bhatia and MMRDA officials held several meetings with the committee members -- Suresh Patil, Mahendra Gharat, Atul Patil and others.
“CIDCO and MMRDA have accepted the demands of the project-affected people. They will be given a package similar to what was given to those affected by the Navi Mumbai airport,” said Jaimala Murudkar, deputy district officer, Uran Metro Centre.
Sources said that if the project-affected people don’t give their consent, they will be rehabilitated according to the land acquisition laws of the Centre.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Cidco gave a presentation on the land compensation model for farmers, whose plots are likely to be acquired for the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (Naina) project. According to the model, farmers will have to surrender 40% of their land, and in turn will be able to keep 60% of the land with an additional FSI.