Navi Mumbai airport project: Hundreds stage morcha, say village in danger of flooding
Hundreds of project-affected persons (PAPs) from Pargaon village, situated near the proposed Navi Mumbai airport land, staged a morcha on Tuesday, saying the landfill around the area put them at the risk of floods.
They alleged that the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) failed to act, despite repeated requests. Police confined the protesters, including women and young children, to the village and prevented them from proceeding further, saying they had not sought permission for the morcha.
The residents of 10 villages are currently being rehabilitated near Wadghar, Dapoli and Wahal. However, villagers from Pargaon, Dungi, Owle, Dapoli and Bhangarpada will not be resettled as these areas do not fall under the main airport land. Cidco, which has acquired this land, gave the villagers a compensation package instead. It also assured them that they will be given contracts for 50% of the airport pre-development work, for which they must form societies.
“As agreed upon, Cidco should ensure that the work is divided equally between the PAPs. Four societies from Dunga village have been given work, while Pargaon has been ignored. This is not right,” said Sadashiv Patil, a Pargaon panchayat member.
He added that the village is surrounded on both sides by a creek and as such, the water level rises during the high tide. “Owing to landfilling, water has started entering the village. We are facing the threat of floods, but Cidco failed to act. Hence, we organised the morcha and put a stop to the pre-development work. If Cidco does not take corrective steps, we will intensify our agitation,” he said.
Cidco vice chairman and managing director Bhushan Gagrani, however, said the work was progressing according to schedule and had not been stalled.
“We will take steps to ensure there is no threat of flood in the region. We will ask CIF Pune or IIT-Powai for their assistance in this matter. The packages we have given the PAPs are the best in the country. We cannot meet any additional demands,” he said.
The cyber cell of Dehradun police has launched a probe after some anti-social elements created a fake WhatsApp profile of the police informed on Wednesday, Dehradun district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar. The alert was issued by the district magistrate, who raised a complaint to the cyber cell for immediate action into the matter. An investigation has begun, and the number has been traced to Rajasthan, he said.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, could have to rely on private fuel stations to refuel its fleet of about 6,700 buses as oil companies have instructed retail outlets not to supply diesel in bulk because it is against the rules, news agency PTI reported. A senior BMTC official told PTI buses are refuelled at depots where they have diesel stock for about a week.
Chandigarh and its adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali received the much-awaited pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday morning that brought a significant drop in the mercury and relief from the sweltering heat. According to the India Meteorological Department, rain is forecast with the onset of monsoon by July 1 when the entire region will be covered. In Chandigarh, the night temperature was 28 degrees, a 3.4 degree fall in the past 24 hours.
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, who is slated to appear before a Delhi court later this week in connection with a money laundering case, on Tuesday said Shivakumar is not aware about the contents of Enforcement Directorate's charge sheet against him and is yet to receive a copy of it. A Delhi court last month summoned him and others in a money laundering case registered against him in 2018.
Bengaluru logged 887 of Karnataka's 968 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, compared to 592 (of 617 in the state) the day before. The health department said Tuesday's positives included backlog cases which could not be ported from Indian Council for Medical Research database due to a technical glitch. Data indicated that 337 people were declared to have recovered from Covid in the state, of whom 293 were from Bengaluru.