Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Maharashtra grounds proposal to extend Juhu airstrip

Mumbai: The much-touted development plan for the Juhu aerodrome, the country’s oldest airstrip, has been grounded for now. The BJP government in Maharashtra has shot down the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) proposal to extend the Juhu runway into the sea.
The AAI, which manages the Juhu airport, had planned to extend the existing 1,140-metre runway by another 800 metres to enable it to accommodate turboprops and small passenger jets. For this, it had drawn up a Rs 200-crore development plan. The plan was to utilise the facility, currently used for helicopter operations, to ease traffic at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai, which is situated a few kilometres away.
To operationalise the plan, the AAI had approached the state government for lifting public reservations on the land required for the expansion. But the latter has rejected this proposal.
20/01/16 Sandeep A Ashar/Indian Express

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