119 project affected families shifted from Airport land

Cooperative families pave way for faster completion of Sahar Elevated Road

Mumbai: The drive from the Western Express Highway to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will soon be much speedier as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is receiving cooperation from the project affected families and have begun to shift to the resettlement sites in Kurla and Oshiwara. The MMRDA has successfully shifted 119 project affected families from Rajaramwadi – 52 to Kurla Premier Compound and 67 to Oshiwara resettlement colony.
“Our persistent meetings and consultations with the families have gained us this result. We must also give credit to the families who identified with the significance of the project and cooperated by shifting to the resettlement sites”, said Ms. Ashwini Bhide, Additional Commissioner, MMRDA. “Shifting of these families from Rajaramwadi was very crucial. Now that we have cleared this piece of land, we will be able to begin the work on the subway approach of Sahar elevated road below the Western Express Highway. We also hope to shift the remaining affected families as early as possible. Their cooperation has paved way for quicker completion of the project”, Ms. Bhide said further.
“One kilometer elevated portion of the 2-km long Sahar Elevated Road has already been completed. However, the construction of the remaining one kilometer of the grade roads and approaches – including a 100 meter long underpass – was hindered for the resettlement of in all 761 project affected families”, said Mr. Dilip Kawathkar, Joint Project Director (PR).
The remaining families affected by rupees 287-crore Sahar Elevated Road Project are spread over three more areas of Bamanwada (367), Ambedkar Nagar (175) and Sambhaji Nagar (91). Once all the affected families are shifted, the Authority expects to complete the project by June 2012.

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