By TBM Staff | Mumbai
|Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport|
Only slums spread over 104 acres on the Eastern side will be shifted for expansion of the aeronautical area. This area is spread over Kurla, Kirol, Mohili and Asalfa. A major portion is to be developed as green open space, particularly along and below the flight path.
There is a question mark over the shifting of those residing in the slums as the airport developer cancelled its agreement with Housing Development & Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) last week. HDIL was to construct flats for the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had appointed HDIL, and will now have to take a decision on who will build the flats.
With the slums unlikely to be shifted at least till after elections, MIAL sources said it would partially affect Phase II of the plan, especially the construction of the South-East pier (aerobridges). Phase I (South-West pier) will be completed by the year end, said sources.