`Rs 5 lakh compensation to displaced in Mihan`

Maharashtra govt announced that it will pay Rs five lakh as compensation to the displaced persons whose land has been acquired for Mihan.

Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday announced that the state government will pay Rs five lakh as compensation to the displaced persons whose land has been acquired for the prestigious Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport (MIHAN) at Nagpur.

Replying to a discussion on MIHAN, Chavan said that the state government would initiate necessary steps to provide adequate compensation on par with the Jaitapur compensation.

Admitting inordinate delay in the execution of the project, Chavan said the project should have been completed by year 2008. "The Mihan was also affected by the global economic recession and international investments were virtually stalled," he said.

The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), the nodal agency for execution of MIHAN, has already acquired government-owned land and is in the process of acquiring 357 hectares of land from private land holders, 45 hectares of land in shrubs (judpi jungle) and about 400 hectares of land swapping with Airport Authority of India and the Indian Air Force, the Chief Minister said.
"The priority of the state government is to rehabilitate the displaced families," Chavan said, adding it was considering an option of providing 12 per cent developed land to them and adequate compensation.

Chavan also said that the government would consider setting up of a fast track court to settle the disputes of land acquisitions.

"Provision of employment was equally important and once the work of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) gains momentum, there would be ample opportunities in the employment sector," he said.

"I have told the MADC bosses to do a marketing of MIHAN to attract investors and not just depend on oranges and its processing units," Chavan said.
The Chief Minister also said that there is an urgent need for developing second runway of the International Airport. "If necessary, the state government will make administrative changes to speed up the work. Rehabilitation has unnecessarily suffered," he said.

Chavan, while referring to the land allotment to Satyam, admitted that it was given to the company on a much lower price since it was the number three company in India.

The CM said that he would be visiting MIHAN may be today or tomorrow and "will come to the House with more information."

Initiating the debate, Davendra Phadanvis, Chandrashekhar Bhawankule, Sudhir Mungattiwar (all BJP) and Bala Nandgaonkar (MNS) said the much projected employment opportunities were missing from the project. Big industrial house and business establishments were also yet to show up.

The authorities had projected that Nagpur, will be developed on lines with Singapore and Shanghai but a big disappointment was in store, Nandgaonkar said.