Work on the Navi Mumbai airport is on, but so is work around the area, most of it illegal.As the new airport inches towards becoming a reality, construction activities are mushrooming in and around the notified area, with most of them not having adhered to the mandatory NAINA compliance – gaothan plots are being developed without permission.
Authorities have warned the public to be cautious before making any investment in projects, and verify their compliance status on the NAINA website linked through the CIDCO portal. Builders, on the other hand, who are keen to follow the compliance norms, say their projects are getting delayed due to all the red tape and formalities, making obtaining permissions next to possible.
NAINA was created after the Ministry of Environment and Forests laid down 53 conditions to be met before granting clearances for the Navi Mumbai airport. Among them was that Navi Mumbai’s development plan had to be revised to avoid haphazard growth around the airport.
Property lawyer Vinod Sampat said, “Places where land is available and infrastructure projects like airports and waterways are slated to come are always in high demand. The problem here is that builders have accepted bookings for properties from people without completing NAINA formalities.””Now, after implementation of RERA from August 1, builders have no option but to comply with NAINA formalities, failing which, the buyer can approach the Authority, which has the power to penalise the builder up to 10 per cent of the project cost,” he added.
Another real estate expert advocate Sanjay Chaturvedi said, “When CSIA was coming up, Sakinaka and nearby localities saw a large number of warehouse and logistic companies come up. These are now facing height restriction, as they fall in the flight funnel area. In the new airport’s case, none of these details are known as yet. Hence, people should go slow in investing in projects here.”