Khapri PAPs demand proper rehabilitation from MADC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2017 09:04:43


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Villagers refuse to vacate their dwelling units for MIHAN

Residents of Khapri (Railway) village have refused to honour the notice issued by Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) directing them to shift from their present residential units, unless, a proper compensation is paid.

MADC had served a notice upon the residents of Khapri (Railway) village to vacate their houses falling under the MIHAN project on November 1. The villagers were asked to vacate their houses by November 6. Arun Mahakalkar, social worker and one of the project affected persons while talking to The Hitavada said, “We are not opposing to hand over our dwelling units plot and dismantle them. We want proper compensation as given to other PAPs.” On November 6, MADC authorities along with police visited Khapri village to remove the houses. However, they faced a stiff resistance from villagers. More than 400 people including women strongly opposed the authorities. “For two hours, we were on roads and stopped the action against us,” Mahakalkar said.

“We want rehabilitation first and other facilities. Then we will allow to vacate our houses,” asserted another PAP Suresh Thakare. He said, the situation is very tense and fear psychosis has gripped the people as majority are living in a joint family with four married sons. “If one brother gets a small house, then where will remaining three married brothers will go. The house that is being given under rehabilitation is on lease of 30 years. What will happen after 30 years,” he asked with a visible apprehension about future.

A delegation of villagers met S V Chahande, Consultant of MADC and handed him a memorandum. The villagers demanded expeditious completion of formalities to pay compensation, proper rehabilitation and registration of plots along with lease deed. They promised to shift, if the authorities complete the process of proper rehabilitation.
Chahande gave a patient hearing and assured them of full compensation and rehabilitation, said Ramesh Borkar. Also present were Murlidhar Mahakalkar, Gopal Wange, Vaishali Joshi, Priya Bakde, Sonu Thakre and other villagers.