IAF, MADC complete land swap deal, pave way for MIHAN

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Feb 2018 09:45:17


Staff Reporter,

IAF transfers 219.58 hectares to MADC, and the latter transfers 377.59 hectares land to the former

Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) finally completed the land swap deal on Friday, thus clearing a major hurdle to full-potential realisation of the ambitious Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) project.

MADC transferred 377.59 hectares of its land to the IAF. The IAF transferred 219.58 hectares of its land to MADC. The matter was pending for years together. In May 2016, the State Cabinet gave its nod to land swap between MADC and the IAF. In June 2016, it issued a Government Resolution (GR) having details about specifics. Later on, the process continued with finer points discussed at the highest levels in both the entities. With the completion of land swap on Friday, way has been paved for extension and development of modern, state-of-the-art, world-class second runway and taxi-way, which is integral to putting MIHAN project on fast track of realising the desired goals.

The land swap was completed in an meeting held in District Collectorate here on Friday. Sachin Kurve, District Collector; and Group Captain A K Chourasiya, Station Commander of 44 Squadron of the IAF, signed the important documents in this regard and shook hands to mark completion of the deal. The IAF officer handed over the documents relating to its land to MADC. Prakash Patil, Additional Collector and Rehabilitation Officer (MIHAN); S V Chahande, Technical Consultant (MIHAN); S K Chatterji, Chief Engineer; Wg Cdr Manoj Mehta, Sqn Ldr Kale, S Singh, C P Singh, Nikhar, Istate Officer; Suryakant Morey, District Superintendent of Land Records; Bhushan Mohite, City Survey Officer, were present prominently on this historic occasion.

The exchange of land between the IAF and MADC, which is developing MIHAN project, is the key for work on the cargo hub part to begin.
In its GR, the State Government had waived stamp duty, registration charges, land measurement charges for the land swap. Further, it had cleared the way for acquisition of land near the proposed second runway, and to give ex-gratia compensation on the lines of one given in cases of encroachments on lands in Viktubaba Nagar and Shivangaon.

In return, the IAF would hand over the land with all requisite Revenue documents, and without any burden or encroachment. The Government had made it clear that the IAF would be allowed to use second runway and taxi-way.

The land to be transferred by the IAF to MADC was located in nine different pockets in Shivangaon, Sonegaon, Khamla, and Somalwada areas. Whereas, the land to be transferred to the IAF by MADC included private land in Shivangaon and Isasani.

The announcement for MIHAN project was made formally in the year 2002. Then, it was decided that the IAF would transfer 278 hectares of its land to MADC, and the latter would transfer contiguous 400 hectares of its land to the former in lieu of that.

The years-long deadlock ended in 2014 when Central Government approved the proposal for land swap between the IAF and MADC. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping, followed up the matter with the Ministry of Defence.

In May 2015, Gadkari had talked to Manohar Parrikar, the then Defence Minister, to expedite the procedure for land swap to take place in two stages. Thereafter, in May 2016, the IAF and MADC both started measurement of their lands and Sachin Kurve, District Collector, took the initiative and finalised land evaluation. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district, also followed up the matter.
Also, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had to hand over 2.30 hectares of its land in Survey No 1/1 at Shivangaon to MADC, and MADC had to transfer its 2.30 hectares of land in Survey Nos 2/1 and 2/2 in Shivangaon to CRPF.

Earlier, the IAF was operating a transport base with a fleet of IL-76 aircraft from the current site near the airport. Though IL-76s shifted elsewhere, there was still a likelihood of the aircraft coming back. For these, the IAF needed a runway close to the new site. Already, MADC had a second runway in its plans that would serve the IAF too.

IAF land transferred to MADC

Village Land Pocket Area

Shivangaon B-2 139.59 Ha

Shivangaon and Sonegaon C 37.73 Ha

Sonegaon, and Somalwada Khamla     D 42.27 Ha

Total 219.58


MADC land transferred to IAF

Village Area

Shivangaon 247.39 Ha

Issasani 130.20 Ha

Total 377.59 Ha