Monday, November 21, 2016

Spat between taxi union, city airport delays metro work

A dispute between the Mumbai Airport Taxi Rickshaw Union and Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) has ended up in court, preventing the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) from starting work on the domestic airport station on the underground metro line 3.

Kanhaiya Singh, general secretary of the taxi union, said, “We have filed an application with an Andheri court seeking directions from the police to register an FIR against MIAL for violating aviation security norms. We moved the court as the police failed to take action despite being told to several times.”

The rail corporation had written to the taxi union asking them to settle the issue with MIAL and vacate the parking lot immediately. But the union refused to shift there, claiming that the allocated parking space violated norms enforced by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Aviation Safety Act.

The domestic airport station, work for which had been set to begin from October 20, would connect the Terminal 2 metro stop directly to the check-in counters.

On October 18, the taxi union approached the court to complain about the alleged violation of the security norms, saying that they were informed that they needed to leave their current parking space at the domestic airport as it was going to be used for the Metro-3 project.
21/11/16 Mumbai Mirror