The 158 families living near Mumbai airport that will be affected by the Metro-3 project have agreed to relocate for the project, provided they get bigger houses under the resettlement and rehabilitation plan. The development comes as a relief to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which has been facing flak over the proposed cutting of trees and demolition of houses for the Metro-3.
Under the state government’s rehabilitation scheme, project-affected people (PAP) are given houses measuring 225 sqft. However, the PAP have demanded houses with an area of 400 sqft — of which 300 sqft will be free while the PAP will pay for the remaining area — on the lines of the Dharavi pattern, which is yet to get state nod.
Of the 27 metro stations along the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor, three stations will be constructed in the airport area. “A few years ago, the airport authorities had assured the Supreme Court that we will be given 269sqft homes under the rehabilitation and resettlement scheme. We will not accept the state government’s scheme of 225-sqft homes. We want the Dharavi pattern to be followed,” said Nicholas Almeida, representative of the PAP and former corporator.
An MMRC official said the state government will be consulted on the demand. “The state will take a decision on the issue. After studying the demands, we will put forth a proposal,” said the official.
In recent public hearing meetings, the PAP from Kalbadevi had demanded new homes, before being evicted from their existing homes. The PAP from Chirabazar had opposed the Metro project and sought a change in the alignment of the corridor.