With Air India being sold, over 7,000 residents may soon have to leave Kalina colonies.

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Over 7,000 residents of Air India colonies located near the Mumbai airport in Kalina will have to vacate their staff quarters six months after the airline’s disinvestment or when the property is monetised—whichever happens first.


The decision was taken this month by the ministerial panel formed to work out the modalities of the national carrier’s disinvestment.


The airline occupies 184 acres of land in Kalina which formerly belonged to the government-owned Airports Authority of India, and was later passed on to GVK when Mumbai airport was privatised; it will now belong to the Adani Group, said an AI source.


The land also boasts of cricket grounds that have nurtured the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane; grounds where MCA holds special camps for budding cricketers and where BCCI conducts its women’s team practice. There are also two schools—the AI Modern school and IA Ideal school—which together have about 3,000 students, said the source.