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Mumbai: MMRDA, AAI spar over land

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Mumbai: A portion of land located at Dahisar (east) has become a bone of contention between the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) with both of them wanting to exploit its strategic location.

The 64-acre land located in Dahisar (East) was earmarked as a metro car shed for the metro seven corridor from Dahisar to Andheri (East). The same stretch however currently houses a remote receiving station, run by the airport authority of India, a central agency.

According to MMRDA officials, this land, located near Dahisar toll naka, has the potential as a point of connect for the proposed ‘Dahisar to DN Nagar metro 2A corridor’ and metro seven.


On the other hand the AAI authorities are fighting to retain this stretch of land which they say is important as the station run here needs surrounding free of high-rises and other such obstructions. The airport authorities use the remote receiving station to send the air traffic signals to the passenger aircraft in order to guide the pilot. The receiving station also has 29 antennas which are used to send the signals to the aircraft. The airport authorities said that shifting the station to a new place is not an easy task. MMRDA officials however said that Gorai area is an option that airport authorities can to relocate its remote receiving station from Dahisar (east).

Sanjay Yadav, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said, “Gorai is a better option for the airport authorities for relocating its remote receiving station from Dahisar (east). Other options given are Mandale and land owned by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in areas of Vasai and Palghar.”

An airport authority on request for anonymity said, “Right now, we do not know if the new location at Gorai is feasible to run the remote receiving station. A remote receiving station is an integral part of a flight operation and hence we cannot take the risk of closing the station at Dahisar before making sure that the new location is fit to send the signals to the aircraft.”

“Gorai is a better option for the airport authorities for relocating its remote receiving station from Dahisar (East).” Sanjay Yadav, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA