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NAVI MUMBAI AIRPORT HURDLES CONTINUE AS PAPS IN NO MOOD TO TRUST CIDCO

air-port-2With uncertainty looming over the environment ministry’s decision on the financial capital’s second airport at Navi Mumbai, negotiations with 3,000 PAPs on their rehabilitation have slowed to a crawl. While the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEF) had shot down the proposal for the new airport citing environmental concerns in an official memorandum dated July 9, 2008, it is currently accepting objections to the plan, the last date for which ends August 31. However, G S Gill, managing director of CIDCO have stated that they have purposely slowed down the pace of negotiation as they are waiting for the ministry’s clearance. Despite CIDCO claims that PAPs will get one of the best compensation packages in the country, PAPs say that they are not happy with it at all. PAPs have incidentally demanded four times the amount of land on which their houses have been constructed and want CIDCO’s lease period of 60 years to be extended to 100 years. They’ve also demanded permanent royalty from the company that will manage the new airport and two reserved seats among the board of directors of the airport company. Bureau Report – NMTV News.

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