Mega airport plans, but a pittance for farmers
Many states are resorting to draconian provisions to acquire land, denying farmers fair compensation.
Nihar Gokhale
30 October 2020
2
UNLOCK NOW!

Namdev Kumbhar saw it in a local newspaper first. An airport was to come up in his block, Purandar, an hour’s drive from Pune, in western Maharashtra.

Although the report did not list the villages that the proposed airport would cover, Kumbhar’s thoughts immediately jumped to the thousands of pomegranate, fig and mango trees that dot the region—a major source of income for the locals. In Kumbhar’s own village Vanpuri, of which he is the sarpanch, every family owns about a hundred such trees.

Subsequently, he heard rumours that the Maharashtra government was considering three or four locations in Purandar for the airport. Then, a few months later, he found out, again from a newspaper, that seven villages had been selected. Vanpuri was one of them.

Since that day four years ago, life has been a blur of protests and writing letters for the 56-year-old and the 13,000 other residents of the seven villages. A determined lot, they refuse to let go of their land

What our readers say
Why subscribers love The Morning Context
High quality, independent journalism is rare to find. The Morning Context set really high standards that make me wait for each story.
Abhay Pandey, Managing partner, A91 Capital
Well-written and researched long form reads on a wide variety of topics and a team of veteran journalists - all of this makes my subscription worth it.
Anupam Gupta, Investment research consultant
In today's very noisy and cluttered world, I like that the Morning Context goes below the surface of company PR to deliver fact-based stories on Indian business.
Jessie Paul, CEO, Paul Writer
The Morning Context is my daily opportunity to get smarter about one new company/sector. Discerning analysis, unbiased and approachable.
Miten Sampat, Angel investor & former CSO, Times Internet
In today's polarized world, authentic and unbiased facts are in short supply world over. The Morning Context is a refreshing approach towards truthful, well researched, fearless, and high-quality articles on contemporary topics.
N S Parthasarthy, Co-founder, Mindtree
As one of the early subscribers, I've had the opportunity to witness how quickly the team has grown, the variety of angles covered, and the research in every in-depth story and op-ed.
Amarjit Batra, Managing director, Spotify India
In a world full of noise, The Morning Context is the calm that stimulates and energises your mind, with stories focused on fact, truth and dogged reportage.
Nikhil Taneja, Co-founder and CEO, Yuvaa
Although it’s a paid subscription, the kind of detailed research and quality of reportage makes it worth every rupee. It’s strength surely lies in having some of the finest journalists writing for it.
Shiladitya Bora, Producer, distributor and founder at Platoon One Films
Become a TMC member
Sign up now and get free access to our starter collection.
SIGN UP