Addressing media persons, members of the Mopa Vimantall Pidit Xetkari Samiti felt that the Mopa airport project was being forced through to further the interests of the land mafia and certain individuals with links to both Congress and BJP who had purchased lands in areas surrounding the proposed airport.
Sandeep Kambli of the Samiti said, that the airport will be based on a PPP model hence there is no profit to the government, but private parties will benefit from the malls and hotels that have been planned in the area. “The government has not taken the farmers into consideration. And this government wants to portray itself as working in the interest of the farmers. It is all a lie.”
Yet another member Rama Satardekar said large scale cultivable land will be lost if the airport comes up at Mopa. Also stating the politicians and their families such as the Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar of the BJP and Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho have got land interest in Mopa.