Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jayant Sinha steps in to speed up Navi Mumbai airport

The Maharashtra government roped Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha earlier this week to speed up environment-related approvals for the construction of the new airport at Navi Mumbai.
According to sources at the City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), which administers Navi Mumbai, the state government got Sinha to pay a visit to the site of the proposed airport and push for the relevant clearances at the Union Environment Ministry.
“The minister undertook an aerial survey earlier this week and by Friday, the Stage 2 clearance from the Union Environment Ministry was received,” a CIDCO official told this reporter. The permission from the Centre was required to flatten the Ulwe hill and divert the river of the same name before the land for the airport is handed over to the contractor who won the bid to construct the new facility.
CIDCO officials say work on the hill cutting and filling of land to divert the Ulwe river will start right away and be completed in 18-24 months. Construction of the runways, buildings and other supporting infrastructure will begin sumultaneously so that the airport is ready by the December 2019 deadline, CIDCO officials said.
22/04/17 Shiv Kumar/The Tribune