Thursday, May 04, 2017

Ulwe hill, river gives way to international airport; CIDCO to videograph for posterity

With CIDCO board approving the appointment, work order is in the process of being issued to the premier Central institute of mining and fuel research (CIMFR), a constituent laboratory of Council of scientific and industrial research (CSIR) under whose expert technical advise the blasting and cutting the Ulwe hill, and the diversion of the eponymous river will be done to make way for the Navi Mumbai international airport (NMIA).
MD, CIDCO, Bhushan Gagrani led a team of engineers on Wednesday at the airport site for inspection and early execution of work. The board approved the appointment of the Jharkhand-based tech body on May 27.
Overseeing the pre-development airport works, Chief engineer, Sanjay Chaudhary said, "Videography will be done for the entire operation. Yes, it can be displayed at the airport terminal building for passengers to see how the airport was developed." The hill operation is pegged at 18-24 months and is the major pre-development airport work in view of the difficult terrain.
CIDCO claims no other airport in India or elsewhere could have involved both the operations as there were instances of sea being filled up for airport as in Hong Kong, but not a case where both hill was cut and land filling done for developing an airport. Besides, the land operations involve river diversion too.
03/05/17 Sanjay Banerjee/The Times Of India