Compensation proposal gets nod, Navi Mumbai infra a boost
The decision is likely to reduce opposition to projects, making the land acquisition process faster and easier, officials said.mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2018 20:58 IST
In a major boost to key infrastructure projects in Navi Mumbai, the Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to give 22.5% of developed plots as compensation to project-affected persons (PAPs) whose land has been acquired for projects by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO).
The state government officials said this would mean more compensation for the PAPs than the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
The 22.5% compensation scheme is being used by Cidco for PAPs of the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, where the state-run undertaking has acquired 671 hectares of private land owned by 1,200 villagers in ten villages of Navi Mumbai.
Senior CIDCO officials said the package was appreciated, leading to a demand from other PAPs for a similar package.
“As we adopted the compensation plan for NMIA, other project affected persons also demanded something similar. We had expected this,” said Bhushan Gagrani, vice-chairman and managing director, Cidco.
The decision is likely to reduce opposition to projects, making the land acquisition process faster and easier, officials said.
Senior bureaucrats said acquiring land for infrastructure projects in the state is the administration’s biggest challenge.
The state has struggled to acquire land in projects such as Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway project, NMIA, proposed oil refinery in Ratnagiri district, Jaitapur Nuclear power plant, among others. “We will go with the new package during the land acquisition at Nhava for the Mumbai trans-harbour link project. The scheme will also be implemented for the dedicated freight corridor (DFC), Nerul-Uran railway line and for the projects under Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA),” said a senior CIDCO official.