HC seeks ownership details of Navi Mumbai airport project land

The Bombay High Court Monday directed the Maharashtra government to produce all files concerning ownership of a 157-acre land in Navi Mumbai, which is included in the international airport project coming up there.

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday directed the Maharashtra government to produce all files concerning ownership of a 157-acre land in Navi Mumbai, which is included in the international airport project coming up there.

The files were sought by a division bench of Justices PB Majmudar and Amjad Sayed in a petition filed by the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (Cidco).

Cidco has in its petition sought that the government should not revert the 157 acres land to Bhiwalkar family, who were the original owners. The government had acquired the land in 1950s.

According to Cidco, the government had handed over the land to them in 1973 under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act.

"The land belongs to Cidco as there has been no order  after 1973 from the state government seeking them to hand over the land back. This land is right in the middle of the new international airport coming up in Navi Mumbai. A runway passes through this land," Cidco's counsel VA Thorat argued.

Since 1860s, the land originally belonged to Bhiwalkar family. After independence, the government took over the land under the Forest Act and the family was awarded compensation for the same.

PTI

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