Saturday, February 17, 2018

Navi Mumbai airport: 21-year-old-dream set to become true

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for the Rs 16,700-crore Navi Mumbai airport tomorrow, it will be a 21-year-old dream for the megapolis nearing realisation.

Planned in 1997 as a secondary airport to meet the growing needs of Mumbai at an investment of Rs 3,000 crore, the project was inordinately delayed due to a myriad of factors, including political indecision, issues of environmental clearances and the funding.

With the PM laying the foundation stone tomorrow, the Navi Mumbai International Airport, being built by the state-run Cidco and the GVK Group which also runs the Mumbai international airport, is all set to take off at a humongous cost of over Rs 16,700 crore.

However, the land needed for the airport -- over 2,268 hectares of which nearly 1,160 hectares will be used for aeronautical purposes -- is yet to be fully acquired.

Unlike the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai which is a single-runway affair, the new airport in neighbouring Navi Mumbai will have two parallel runways, and will handle close to 80 flights an hour.

It is expected to significantly ease the load of the congested Mumbai airport, which handles over 900 flights a day (the peak was 980 flights in mid-January), and is known as the world's busiest single-runway facility, accounting for almost over 25 per cent of the entire air traffic in the country.
17/02/18 PTI/Economic Times