Shivangaon villagers happy to see Sinha go-TIMES OF INDIAShishir Arya, TNN, Jan 18, 2011, 01.26am IST
NAGPUR: RC Sinha's sudden exit from the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has left the project affected persons (PAPs) jubilant. Those in Shivangaon village, which has been at the forefront of protests against the project, are now in a festive mood. However, the residents of this village want that Sinha should not be allowed to leave just like that, and must be subjected to an inquiry for the alleged irregularities during his tenure.
"Sinha remained a villain for the villagers here. Now, as he leaves all of a sudden, he should also be made answerable for his decisions, especially for allotting land to Satyam Computers. He gave away over 130 acres to this scam-tainted company at a very low rate. Not only this, the land encircles a lake spread across 100 acres, which led to the water body being given away free to the company," said Ramesh Surankar, a local resident. There are apprehensions that the company may have eventually let the lake dry up to use the land.
Most villagers are hoping that Sinha is replaced by a more considerate person. "Sinha had a dictatorial attitude and was bent upon taking over Shivangaon village for building the proposed second runway for the Mihan project. The villagers had been insisting that the runway should be built at a different site, but to no avail. It is expected that the new officer will have a different view," said Sheshrao Dhoke, a village council member.
Dhoke said even as their fields have been formally acquired, the villagers have not given up possession as they want a higher compensation. Even as they may settle for a higher compensation for their fields, the villagers are adamant on not vacating their village, which has been earmarked under the second runway. "In a recent meeting between the village council members and officials of the Indian Air Force's (IAF), Il-76 base, the former have stressed that the village will not be vacated under any circumstances," he added.
The IAF too is an interested party as it will be moving its base to a new site, with the present location being taken over by MADC. However, it would only move if it is ensured a second runway, which depends on the Shivangaon villagers moving out.
Baba Dawre, leader of PAPs from this village, said Sinha should not be replaced by another retired bureaucrat. A serving officer cannot be as autocratic as Sinha was, he said since he has to be answerable to the government and any taint would spoil his career.
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