Hundreds of farmers from at least seven villages in Purandar tehsil in Pune district, where a greenfield international airport is proposed to be set up, staged a protest, claiming that the project will hit their livelihood and affect their future generations. During their protest held at the Council Hall in Pune, they said that they would not give their land for the planned airport.
The Maharashtra government recently gave its go-ahead, for carrying out a detailed project report (DRP) for the airport, which will be spread over 2,400 hectares. The site has already been approved by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
However, after the state government’s announcement about the airport, the affected villages – Rajewadi, Amble, Waghapur, Pargaon Memane, Khanawadi, Munjawadi and Ikhatpur, had passed resolutions that they would not give their land to the project.
In a memorandum, addressed to the chief minister, the villagers expressed their reservations about the project, stating that the upcoming airport would destroy their farming and livestock rearing activity and also affect the future generations.
“If our irrigated land goes into the project, farming activity will be destroyed and we will have no option left, but to migrate to other places for livelihood. So, we do not want any package and the government should not put any kind of reservations on the land of these seven villages,” said the memorandum.