Mumbai Airport Expansion Plan On Runway As State Rejigs Slum Rehab Formula

The state government has zeroed in on eight land parcels, totalling around 65 acres, on the airport’s western periphery for rehabilitating slum-dwellers living on airport’s land. BJP MP Poonam Mahajan said the identified plots lie between Agripada in Santacruz and the Cigarette Factory, Chakala.

The state government move follows the scrapping of a 2007 agreement between MIAL — a joint venture between GVK and AAI to operate the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport — and HDIL to rehabilitate an estimated 80,000 slum families living on airport land. HDIL was offered TDR and 65 acres of airport land for commercial exploitation for rehabilitating the slum-dwellers outside the airport land. Around 17,000 families were shifted to tenements built where the Premier factory once stood in Kurla, which were initially rejected by MMRDA, the Special Planning Authority, for the airport on the grounds of poor construction. The matter went into arbitration and the agreement was finally scrapped last year. MIAL, which took over the buildings, has now been asked to repair them. Read more

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