The state government has zeroed in on eight land parcels, which is around 65 acres, on the airport’s western periphery for reorienting people living in slums built on airport’s land. BJP MP Poonam Mahajan said the identified plots lie between Agripada in Santacruz and the Cigarette Factory, Chakala.
The state government’s move follows the scrapping of a 2007 agreement between MIAL — a joint venture between GVK and AAI to operate the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport — and HDIL to rehabilitate an estimated 80,000 slum families living on airport land. HDIL was offered TDR and 65 acres of airport land for commercial exploitation for rehabilitating the slum-dwellers outside the airport land. Around 17,000 families were shifted to tenements built where the Premier factory once stood in Kurla, which were initially rejected by MMRDA, the Special Planning Authority, for the airport on the grounds of poor construction.
The matter went into settlement and the agreement was finally scrapped last year. MIAL, which took over the buildings, has now been asked to repair them.
In January this year, the state housing department wrote to the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to sign two MoUs with MIAL and send them to AAI for its consent. The first MoU is for rehabilitation of the 17,000 families after repair of the buildings, and the second is for in situ rehabilitation of the other squatters on 65 acres.