City air­port op­er­a­tor-realty firm row to de­lay re­vamp

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MUM­BAI: The much- de­layed Mum­bai air­port mod­erni­sa­tion pro­ject is likely to be pushed ahead fur­ther as the air­port op­er­a­tor has ter­mi­nated its con­tract with realty firm Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment and In­fra­struc­ture Limited (HDIL) over re­lo­cat­ing res­i­dents of 65,000 shanties that have en­croached on air­port land.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port Limited (MIAL), a GVK-led pri­vate con­sor­tium de­vel­op­ing the air­port, the con­tract was ter­mi­nated be­cause HDIL has “con­tin­u­ously failed” to com­plete the re­lo­ca­tion pro­ject. The pro­ject, awarded in Oc­to­ber 2007, was to be com­pleted by 2011, but not one fam­ily was re­ha­bil­i­tated. HDIL said it would go to the courts against the ter­mi­na­tion of con­tract.

The 276 acres of en­croached air­port land is hold­ing up MIAL’s plan to build air­craft park­ing lots, taxi­ways, and most im­por­tantly, one arm of the Xshaped in­te­grated ter­mi­nal com­ing up in Sa­har.

With pas­sen­gers al­ready be­ing charged for cost es­ca­la­tion of the pro­ject, the de­lay could fur­ther bur­den pas­sen­gers, said avi­a­tion safety ex­perts.


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