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New city to come up over 600 sq km near Navi Mumbai airport


Thane: Maharashtra government would be developing a new city – ‘NAINA’ – over an area of 600 sq km around the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao said here today.

He was addressing the joint session of the Maharashtra Legislature on the opening day of the budget session.

“The government is committed to expedite the work of the Navi Mumbai International Airport Project. Due to comprehensive rehabilitation policy of the government, consent letters from Project Affected Persons for land acquisitions have been received by CIDCO (the implementing agency).

“Majority of the clearances required for the project have been received. The government has decided to build a new city called NAINA in an area of 600 sq km, around the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport,” he said.

As a part of the smart city mission of the Centre, the state government wanted to develop 30 towns, focusing on “themes” such as education, medical, entertainment, industry, etc., he said, adding that study groups had been formed to suggest the roadmap for this.

The government had also taken a decision to adopt bio-metric identification system for beneficiaries to distribute food grains and other commodities from fair price shops, the Governor said.

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