Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Crumbling’ airport colony to get seven new buildings, move

Mumbai: Following a series of possibly life-threatening incidents that involved portions of their flats collapsing in them, residents of New Airport Colony in Vile Parle that houses senior officers and staff of the Mumbai airport can now breathe a sigh of relief.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) on Wednesday
launched a Rs 105-crore project to construct seven new buildings.
AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra and MIAL Planning Director Charudatta Deshmukh laid the
foundation stone for the first phase that will involve the construction of two blocks comprising 161flats. To be built at a cost of Rs 42 crore, work will commence immediately after the monsoon and will be completed in 18 months.
In total, the seven buildings will make available 488 housing units and will be developed by MIAL.
The new constructions have come as a huge relief to AAI officers who reside in the almost 60-yearold colony. Despite complaints of ceiling and portions of walls collapsing or developing major cracks, AAI could not opt for redevelopment or new construction due to issues over land demarcation with the MIAL ever since the airport was privatised.
“We will continue to handle the air navigation services not only for Mumbai airport but also for upcoming Navi Mumbai international airport. So, we will require a lot of people to be posted in Mumbai. Currently, around 500 people are working in air navigation systems, and (with the new airport) another 600-650 will work in Mumbai region in two years’ time,” Mohapatra said.
10/07/19 Satish Nandagaonkar/Mumbai Mirror

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