Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rs 10,000-crore revamp plan of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport gets Maharashtra govt’s approval

MUMBAI: The state government has given its approval to the development plan for the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). The gazette notification for the interim development plan, which was to be implemented between 2010 and 2013, was issued last week.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 10,000 crore and includes the development of terminals, airside and part of landside. "But it does not include drains, metro, etc. Maintenance, augmentation, development of city-level infrastructure networks and services and related future projects within the CSIA notified area need to be funded by local authorities, the state government and private agencies,'' states the development plan.

Only slums spread over 104 acres on the eastern side will be shifted for the expansion of the aeronautical area. This area is spread over Kurla, Kirol, Mohili and Asalpha. 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 HDIL last week. HDIL was to construct flats for the rehabilitation of the slumdwellers. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had appointed HDIL and it will now have to take a decision on who will build the flats, said MIAL sources. The matter is in court now.

With the slums unlikely to be shifted at least till after the 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.

The Sahar gaothan and slums spread over another 204 acres on notified airport land will remain untouched as per the interim development plan prepared by the MMRDA. The Sahar citizens' forum, which had fought against the inclusion of the gaothan, welcomed the decision.