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Pressure groups urge Modi to defer Nagaland assembly polls

Published On : 08 Jan 2018

Kohima, (IANS):  With the Assembly polls in Nagaland likely to be announced this week, pressure groups have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to defer the elections due to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency.

The term of the 60-member Nagaland assembly expires on March 13, 2019.

Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT), the powerful people's movement against corruption, urged Modi to impose President's Rule in order to facilitate a peaceful solution.

Apart from ACAUT, other groups including the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) and Gaon Burrah Federation of Nagaland (GBFN) also submitted separate memorandums on Sunday.

On August 3, 2015, the central government and the separatist group, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland Issac-Muivah (NSCN-IM) signed the Framework Agreement to end the insurgency.

Last year, the government had also signed an agreement with a Working Committee comprising six Naga National Political Groups.

Noting that a solution to the protracted political issue was of paramount importance, the NTC stated that it was deeply distressed at the prospect of Assembly elections, as it could be a distraction from the peace process.

In the memorandum, the NTC informed Modi that more than 40 NGOs had gathered on December 9, 2017, at Dimapur and unanimously resolved to prefer a solution to election.

"All these voices of the people were being raised for one single objective of eradicating chaos and confusion and having lasting peace and progress," the NTC stated.

Appreciating the Prime Minister's commitment to solve the Naga insurgency issue, the GBFN said, "Elections at this hour would most likely jeopardise the Prime Minister's desire for peace. A political solution to the seven-decade long Indo-Naga political issue must be given greater importance over the democratic electoral exercise."

The ACAUT said: "If elections are held in Nagaland for the sake of constitutional process before the completion of the negotiation process with the six Naga National Political Groups (or rebel groups) and the NSCN-IM, then solution to Naga problems will remain a mirage."

The Nagaland Assembly last year had adopted a resolution urging the central government to take emergent and extraordinary steps for an "honourable and acceptable solution" before the Assembly election.

Pressure groups urge Modi to defer Nagaland assembly polls

Published On : 08 Jan 2018

Mumbai,(IANS) The GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd (GVKPIL) on Monday signed the Concession Agreement with City and Industrial Development Corporation for the upcoming Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International project here, an official said.

The agreement was signed through the creation of a special purpose vehicle -- Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (NMIAL) -- with CIDCO, the nodal authority of the Maharashtra government, overseeing the project implementation.

The GVKPIL, through its subsidiary, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd, holds 74 per cent equity of NMIAL, while CIDCO holds the remaining 26 per cent.

The initial concession period is 30 years from the appointed date which is extendable by another 10 years and the agreement was inked in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by MIAL Executive Chairman G.V.K. Reddy and CIDCO Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Bhushan Gagrani.

"We are delighted that GVK has got the opportunity to yet again display its technical and managerial prowess in the airports sector after having created the award-winning Mumbai Airport, for developing and managing the Navi Mumbai international airport," Reddy said on the occasion.

He said with the continued support of the Central and state governments, besides CIDCO and all other stakeholders, the company was confident of creating and delivering the much-needed second airport for the twin cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

The GVKPIL's subsidiary, MIAL, was declared the successful bidder for the Navi Mumbai international airport project in February 2017 and received the Letter of Award from CIDCO on October 25, last year.

The NMIAL, a greenfield airport, will come up in the PPP mode on 1,160 hectares land in adjoining Navi Mumbai, across the harbour, with the advantage of the upcoming Mumbai Trans Harbour Link.

CIDCO, which holds 26 per cent stake, will foot the pre-development expenses which will be later recovered from GVK, besides getting a 12.6 per cent share in the annual revenue from the mega-project.

The GVK, which currently manages the Mumbai International Airport Ltd, had submitted the highest revenue sharing model of 12.6 per cent per annum over its sole closest competitor GMR (which manages the New Delhi International Airport) which had quoted a figure of 10.44 per cent.

With two major airports under its belt, the GVK plans to soar and develop its airports business globally, Reddy had earlier said.

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