Mumbai: GVK Group-promoted Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd (MIAL), which runs Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, has claimed damages of 276.46 crore from Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) for delaying the first phase of construction at the airport.

On Tuesday, MIAL told the Bombay high court that it had claimed the damages from HDIL for delaying the removal of hutments on the airport land in the first phase.

It did not disclose the total damages entailed in the delay of the slum rehabilitation project that involves shifting and re-housing thousands of slum-dwellers to free land for the airport.

In May, MIAL had terminated the slum rehabilitation contract given to HDIL, forcing the real estate firm to write off the costs incurred and report a loss for the March quarter.

HDIL told the high court that the delay was mainly due to non-cooperation on the part of the state-run Slum Rehabilitation Authority and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority will present its case in the high court on Wednesday.

HDIL has said its legal counsel had advised it that the notice of termination of the contract was not tenable in a court of law and that it had initiated legal action.

The real estate company said it wrote off 441.98 crore after MIAL scrapped the contract, leading to a loss of 279.9 crore in the March quarter.

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