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Construction : Web Exclusive | July 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Plea to relocate airport slum-dwellers to rehab building

Activists have demanded the relocation of the residents of Beryl Pereira Compound, Kurla, after a third land slide incident in the area in a month. Nicholas Almeida, convenor, Watchdog Foundation said there was a landslide on June 27 due to heavy downpour and then again a week later. On July 10 there was a third landslide at the same location.

Since June the collector, Mumbai suburbs and the assistant municipal commissioner L ward have been regularly issuing caution notices to residents of various areas in Kurla, Ghatkopar, Bailbazar, Kamani etc to vacate their premises and relocate elsewhere.

Since these slums are on airport land we demand the government grant them alternative accommodation, he said. Almeida said in May 2007, Mumbai International Airport had given an undertaking to the Supreme Court that they will undertake the rehabilitation of the airport slum dwellers.

He added that over 150 rehab buildings were already constructed by HDIL at Premier Compound, Kurla and the developer had shifted slum dwellers from Bharatnagar, BKC, Mumbai as transit tenements.

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