Monday, August 27, 2018

AAI finally gives up plan to extend Juhu runway into sea

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which owns the Juhu airport, has given up its long-standing plan to extend the runway into the sea. A recent reply given by the AAI to environmentalist Zoru Bathena confirms this.
Until recently, the AAI was talking of extending the runway into the sea – on stilts. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Zoru Bathena said, “I had filed an RTI (Right to Information) application with the western region of AAI and they didn’t give me conclusive answers. Finally, I approached the planning department of the AAI, which told me that there are no plans for extension of the runway into the sea.’’
Keshav Sharma, regional executive director of AAI, said that the planning department was the final authority on such matters. An aviation expert and former AAI officer said that the issue of extending the runway into the sea has been discussed for the past many years.
The AAI had appointed consultants and experts for the purpose. “If the plan of extending the runway into the sea was to move forward, the level of Juhu airport would have to be increased by three metres. The raising of the runway level will flood the entire JVPD, SV Road area near the airport.
27/08/18 Yogesh Naik/Mumbai Mirror