Thursday, July 01, 2021

Maharashtra govt gives nod to redevelop slums located on Mumbai airport land

Mumbai: The state government has given the green signal to Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) to carry out redevelopment of slums on the Mumbai airport land.

MIAL is a joint venture between Adani Airports and Airport Authority of India, that operates Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

The state urban development department on Tuesday issued a notification allowing it to redevelop slums on airport land.

Mumbai airport covers an area 1,875 acres and was given to MIAL on a 30-year lease in 2006. Rehabilitation of slum-dwellers will free 200 acres for aeronautical and commercial development.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Notified Area (CSIANA) comprises large areas under slums which officials say pose security threat being in close vicinity of airport operations.

In 2014, the civil aviation ministry had given in-principle approval for in-situ rehabilitation of slums and requested for an airport-specific slum rehabilitation scheme.

A new regulation allows MIAL to carry out redevelopment through slum rehabilitation schemes. Eligible hutment dwellers may be rehabilitated by being shifted to another location within the airport land or outside “as far as possible within the limits of Greater Mumbai or Mumbai metropolitan region”. It is estimated there are over 80,000 slum households on the airport land.

01/07/21 Clara Lewis/Times of India

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