HC rejects HDIL plea on Mumbai airport slum clearance contract

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SummaryThe court imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on HDIL for filing the case.

The Bombay High Court has rejected an appeal filed by Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) against the court's earlier order upholding termination of the contract between HDIL and Mumbai International Airport Ltd for the airport slum re-development project. The court also imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on HDIL for filing the case. MIAL, which won the contract for privatisation of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, had signed an agreement with HDIL in October 2007 to clear slums on the fringe of airport land. The slum-dwellers were to be rehabilitated and the work was to be completed by October 2011. But MIAL terminated the agreement in January 2013, saying not a single slum had been cleared, following which HDIL filed an arbitration petition. The developer blamed change in government policies for the delay, but the court did not accept its plea.

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