2018, the year that was:Land acquisition biggest hurdle for Purandar airport to take off

The Maharashtra government had declared that the first flight from the proposed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport project at Purandar is expected take off by 2019. However, considering the pace of the process of land acquisition by the state government,the opening of the airport in 2019 appears to be a distant dream.

CS Gupta, executive director, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) said, “The minimum time required for the government to complete the process of land acquisition is one year. However, considering the fact that we have already received the permission required for the construction of the proposed International airport in Purandar, we are in a position to complete the project ensuring the first flight takes off in 2019 given the fact that the land acquisition happens in due time.”

Ever since the announcement of the international airport in Purandar, the farmers of the seven villages comprising of Pargaon, Khanwadi, Ekhatpur, Kumbharvalan, Vanpuri and Udachiwadi, Tekwadi have been staging protest till date in the form of gram sabhas, agitating in front of tehsil office, district collectorate, rasta roko and passing resolutions to the effect in gram sabhas etc.

Farmers from these villages have time and again refused to give their land for the proposed airport in Purandar which will be spread over 2,400 hectares.

Bappu Memane, the sarpanch of Pargav Mevani village, said, “As long as we are alive, we will continue to oppose the project in Purandar. The government, under the name of development, has become blind to the problems that farmers face. The state government should realise that we are ordinary farmers and that we don’t need an airport. Instead, facilities that we need are electricity, water, fertilisers and other basic things that are indispensable for us.”

However, Naval Kishore Ram, Pune district collector is confident of land acquisition despite opposition from the villagers. He said, “We are confident of completing the process of land acquisition by taking the consent of all the farmers. We will convince them for the land acquisition by highlighting the benefits of the proposed International airport in Purandar.”

Courtesy: Hindustan times

छत्तीसगढ़: लीज के नियम पूरे ना करने पर टाटा समूह से वापस ली जाएगी 1700 हेक्टेयर जमीन

छत्तीसगढ़ की नवनिर्वाचित कांग्रेस सरकार ने यहां टाटा समूह को स्टील प्लांट लगाने के लिए दी गई करीब 1700 हेक्टेयर जमीन को वापस लेने का निर्णय किया है। राज्य के बस्तर स्थित इस जमीन को टाटा समूह से लिए जाने के बाद इसे किसानों को वापस दिया जाएगा। मंगलवार को इस फैसले की जानकारी राज्य सरकार के मंत्री रवींद्र चौबे ने दी।
मंत्री रवींद्र चौबे ने मीडिया से बात करते हुए कहा कि पूर्व में टाटा समूह द्वारा किसानों से इस जमीन को स्टील प्लांट के लिए लिया गया था, लेकिन कंपनी ने अधिग्रहण के बाद लीज के लिए तय नियमों का पालन नहीं किया। इसे देखते हुए सीएम भूपेश बघेल ने अधिकारियों को जमीन वापसी संबंधित प्रस्ताव बनाने के निर्देश दिए थे। सीएम के निर्देश के बाद इस जमीन की वापसी की कार्रवाई शुरू की गई।

इससे पहले कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी ने भी बस्तर में अपनी रैली के दौरान यहां के किसानों को उनकी जमीन वापस दिलाने का वादा किया था। इसके अलावा पार्टी के घोषणा पत्र में भी यह ऐलान किया गया था कि छत्तीसगढ़ में अधिग्रहीत वह सभी जमीन जिस पर अधिग्रहण के पांच साल के भीतर कोई प्रॉजेक्ट स्थापित नहीं हुआ हो किसानों को वापस दिलाई जाएगी। बाद में सरकार बनने के बाद खुद सीएम भूपेश बघेल ने जमीन वापसी के लिए अधिकारियों को प्रस्ताव बनाने और इसे कैबिनेट की बैठक में प्रस्तुत करने के निर्देश दिए थे।

Courtesy: Nav Bharat Times

NGT orders reopening of Vedanta copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi

The National Green Tribunal has set aside the Tamil Nadu Government’s order closing down the Vedanta-owned Sterlite Copper factory in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

The Tribunal has also directed the state pollution control board to renew a key licence, Consent To Operate, and remove other hurdles subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, within three weeks from now. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Chennai-Mysore bullet train to reduce travel time by 5 hours; Germany sends proposal

The feasibility report for the 435 km Chennai-Arakkonam-Bengaluru-Mysore route was submitted to Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani by German Ambassador Martin Ney yesterday. According to report, the route will be 85% elevated and will boast 11 per cent tunnels, and by travelling at a maximum speed of around 320 kmph the proposed train could significantly cut down travel time from the current seven hours. Read more

Courtesy: Business today

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