Tuesday , 20 November 2018
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Mopa farmers to soon receive 3 times more compensation

PANAJI: Farmers who have been affected due to the acquisition of land at Mopa by the state government for constructing the proposed Mopa International Greenfield Airport will soon receive three times more compensation as the state government has already cleared the proposal for revised compensation.

The government has finalised around Rs 36 crore for revised compensation to the affected farmers.

Director of civil aviation Suresh Shanbhogue said that once the finance department releases the funds, the farmers, who had received compensation earlier will now receive the hiked compensation.

The state government has acquired 78.41 lakh square metres of land for the proposed airport from villages of Casarvarnem, Chandel, Varconda, Uguem and Mopa in Pernem taluka. Earlier, the government had deposited Rs 54.79 crore with the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for the purpose of land acquisition. Of this, the EDC has disbursed Rs 12 crore, which is around 20 per cent of the amount deposited, as compensation to the farmers so far, in the last four years. The remaining amount is with the EDC, as claims of some farmers are pending due to family disputes and lack of documents. Besides, some claims are pending in court.

The director of civil aviation said, “Initially, the state government acquired the land for the proposed airport at Rs 40-Rs 80 per square metre, depending on the type of land and ownership. Now, the revised rate would be three times the actual rate, which was finalised a few years back, and it would be disbursed soon as promised by the government.”

Shanbhogue said that the proposal has been cleared by the revenue department. Besides, the administrative approval has also been given by the Chief Minister. Shanbhogue said that once the amount is released by the finance department, civil aviation would deposit it with the EDC.

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