Expressing their concern again about the displacement of around 80,000 families for the modernisation of Mumbai airport, local Congress MP Priya Dutt and legislator Krishna Hegde have filed their objections against the draft modernisation plan.
The two are, however, glad that certain gaothans (pocket boroughs, originally villages, where original inhabitants of the city stayed) have been excluded from the draft plan of modernisation of the Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport. “The initial draft plan excludes areas of Church Pakhadi, Sutar Pakhadi and Talao Pakhadi from the Airport Modernisation Programme. This comes as good news for us as gaothans are as good as heritage spots of the city,” Hegde said.
Hegde has written to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that rehabilitation be done on the airport land itself by carving out around 33 acres from the existing 160-odd acres of land around the airport.
“Around 80,000 houses and 400,000 people are affected by the programme which falls in Priyaji’s constituency. Out of these, 45,000 houses and over 2.5 lakh people belong to the Vile Parle constituency which I represent,” Hegde said.
He stressed that they are not against the modernisation programme itself and the space required for allied aeronautical services.
The airport modernisation is pegged at Rs9,800 crore and is on since 2006.