Pune: While Purandar airport is soon to get final approval from the Maharashtra government before the start of the land acquisition process, farmers of Purandar village have alleged that they have been kept in the dark about the entire process.
The proposed airport is expected to be built on 2,367 hectares of land from seven villages. The farmers claimed that they have been relying on media reports to know about the progress of the project and government authorities are yet to approach them for land acquisition.
Speaking to Sakal Times, former sarpanch of Pargaon village Jitendra Memane said that the villagers are unclear about the land acquisition process as no government authority has approached them till date. “We are in no position to part with our land for the airport. The government should understand that the land valuation has changed in the past ten years due to irrigation facilities in the village. Our farming land is yielding us good supply of pomegranate, guava, fig, mangoes and custard apple and we wonder if we will get good valuation for our land. This is the reason we want equivalent area of land after the acquisition process,” added Memane.
Speaking on the issue, Datta Dhurange, president of the villagers committee against the proposed airport, said that the government authorities are yet to approach the villagers on the issue. “We will continue our agitation,” added Datta.
Memane said that the villagers are planning to approach the court and also the president on the issue. “We have seen in several years that no farmer has ever got correct compensation from the government and this time we will not yield to the government,” added Memane, who also highlighted that 77-year-old farmer Shankar Memane committed suicide in April last year as he was in stress due to the airport issue.