Warangal: 200 acres of land to be acquired for Mamnoor airport – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Land to an extent of at least 200 acres will have to be acquired from farmers in Nakkalapalli and Gadepalle villages in Warangal urban district for the proposed revival of Mamnoor airport.

The Airports Authority of India has indicated to the state government that 1,140 acres of land is needed for the airport at the existing premises. While it has 700 acres of land, an additional 250 acres of land will be needed. AAI is getting soil testing done at the two identified villages to see if that land will be suitable.

On Monday, AAI officials, Panchayati raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, government chief whip Vinay Bhaskar, MLAs Aroori Ramesh and Challa Dharma Reddy visited the Mamnoor airport site. Recently IT and municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao met union civil aviation minister Harpeet Singh to take up the six proposed airports in Telangana and particularly the Mamnoor airport which already has an air strip. Following the meeting, a team came to Mamnoor on August 29.

As there is a prospect that the land in the villages of Nakkalapalli and Gadepalle will have to be acquired, Dayakar Rao said 200 acres would be acquired and farmers will be compensated. “The farmers will be given land at an alternative place or will be compensated financially,” the minister said. An R&B road will also be affected because of the acquisition and this would be about 50 acre of land. “Whatever land is needed by the AAI for the airport, it will be given by the state government,” he said.

The Mamnoor airport has a history as it was constructed in the year 1930 itself to serve the needs of Sirpur Kagazhnagar paper mill. The airport was in use till 1980 with prime ministers and VVIPs landing there. The minister pointed out that during the Indo-China war, as the Delhi airport was seen as a target that could be attacked, the IAF used the Mamnoor airport.



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Mumbai: Prabhu Niwas’ residents in lurch as BMC issues demolition notice – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Eighteen families residing in the four-storey, Prabhu Niwas building in Vile Parle (east) have been hunting for rental accommodations after civic officials issued a demolition notice two weeks ago. The 60-year old, dilapidated building can’t be redeveloped.

The reason? It is located in the vicinity of the Mumbai airport, but, more importantly, it stands in the shadow of aircraft heading to or leaving the shorter runway of the Mumbai airport.

Height restrictions imposed by the Airports Authority of India for the safety of aircraft that overfly such buildings have adversely impacted their redevelopment prospects.

“Builders usually demolish a structure to construct a taller building and sell the extra flats, which can’t be done here due to height restrictions,” says architect Shrikrishna Shevade, who has been pushing for reforms that would allow these buildings to be redeveloped.

About 3.6 lakh residents live in 6,000-odd buildings in Vile Parle, Santacruz, Kurla and Ghatkopar that are within the 5km radius from the Mumbai airport and fall under its four flight paths, Shevade said. Last September, the BMC sent a letter to the state urban development department about the need for a separate regulation for redevelopment of such buildings.

The solution proposed that builders who take up reconstruction of such buildings be allowed transfer of development rights (TDR) to recover cost of construction, loss of profit etc. Praveen Pardeshi, additional chief secretary, urban development, who took charge two months ago, said that he will be looking into the matter this week.

But until then, residents of buildings like Prabhu Niwas are left with no option. Kurla corporator Ashraf Azmi said there are about 20-22 dilapidated buildings in L-ward, of which quite a few fall under the flight path and can’t be redeveloped. Some buildings have been issued eviction, demolition notices, in others water and power supply cut, residents have moved out, he said.

Vasant Gala, a Prabhu Niwas resident for close to four decades, said: “We pay taxes on time, abide by government rules and yet today, we are on the verge of being homeless.” The case of 18 families of this building is more complicated as they are all tenants, paying rents frozen under the “pagadi” system. In the neighbourhood are newly redeveloped buildings and those under reconstruction as they don’t fall under the flight path. Had they lived in one of those, a builder would have taken up the redevelopment project, paid them for temporary stay and handed over a bigger flat to them with a corpus fund.

For now, the Galas are looking for rented accommodation in Goregaon. “There is a senior citizen couple in our building and five kids from nearby schools. Since we’re all tenants, our concerns are more serious than others who live in such buildings,” he says.



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