Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mumbai: MIAL given November deadline to raze slums

Mumbai: The 14 slum pockets identified as soft target for terror attacks by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) will be finally cleared with the ongoing survey and mapping of illegal slums around the airport.

The state government has given the deadline of November to clear the illegal slums around the airport. As a part of identification and mapping, MIAL officials have identified these 14 slum pockets as vulnerable for targeting the airport in the backdrop of the recent bombings at Brussels airport.

These slum pockets around the airport cover an area of around 24 acres.
The survey began in May this year after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued orders, authorising the Additional District Collector of Mumbai (Encroachment) to identify slum dwellers who have illegally occupied the land surrounding Mumbai’s International Airport.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is also assisting MIAL in rehabilitating the slum dwellers. The authorities have now completed the survey in crucial slum pockets of Sandesh Nagar, Kranti Nagar and Indira Nagar.

A source said, “The survey in other slum pockets like Rajendra Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bamanawada and others is in progress and is expected to be completed soon.”
26/10/16  Karishma Ravindran/Free Press Journal
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