Monday, January 21, 2019

Runway funnel zone redevelopment plan submitted to state

Hundreds of residents affected by the Mumbai airport runway funnel zone who got together to prepare their own redevelopment proposal after years of helplessly waiting for the authorities to address their woes, have finally presented it to the state government for consideration.
Prepared last month by a team of four architects - Nikhil Dikshit, Shrikrishna Shevade, Swati and Nilesh Barve - the redevelopment plan, which could be applicable to the entire funnel zone area was presented before the State Urban Development department on Saturday and is now under consideration of the state government.
A team of residents led by BJP MLA from Vile Parle Parag Alavani met with state Urban Development Secretary Nitin Kareer, Chief Engineer, DP Rajendra Zope, Deputy Chief Engineer (Building Proposals) Western Suburbs Parag Raut in Mantralaya. Shevade expressed relief over finally being heard. "We impressed upon the officials why we need a subsidy for reconstruction. The government has formulated schemes and given subsidies for Dharavi redevelopment project, BDD chawls, Slum redevelopment. Similarly, the funnel zone residents also deserve the subsidy because our hardships are unending. The sound pollution and height restrictions due to the proximity to the
airport are perpetual problems and hence we deserve the subsidy," he said.
An estimated 3.6 lakh residents living in ground-plus-two buildings in areas adjoining the airport in Vile Parle, Santacruz, Kurla and Ghatkopar have been impacted by the runway funnel zone height restrictions.
21/01/19 Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror