In a recent move, the Maharashtra government has provided nod for the redevelopment of slums located on Mumbai airport land. The redevelopment will be carried out by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which is a joint venture between Adani Airports and Airport Authority of India.

The Maharashtra government has provided its consent to Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) for the redevelopment of slums nestled on the airport land. The residents will be rehabilitated at another location within the limits of Mumbai or Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). However, only the actual occupant of the ground floor structure shall be eligible for free houses, measuring 300 sq ft in carpet area.

The Floor Space Index (FSI) allowed for the redevelopment scheme is four or the maximum required for rehabilitation. MIAL shall be eligible for land transfer of development rights (TDR) two times the land used for rehabilitation.

To apprise, Mumbai airport, involving an area of over 1,800 acres, was given to MIAL on a 30-year lease in 2006. Of the total land area, a large part of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Notified Area (CSIANA) is covered by slums, which as per the officials pose security threats. As per the estimates, there are over 80,000 slum households on the airport land.

The rehabilitation of slum-dwellers will free around 200 acres of land for commercial and aeronautical development.