First phase of New Mumbai Airport to begin by 2019


The first phase of New Mumbai airport will commence at the end of 2019, confirmed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Hyderabad where he had gone to address the students of Indian School of Business (ISB) on leadership.

He told the media that the pre-development work has started and the site for development works by the concessionaire will be ready by May next year. He further added that eight NOCs for the airport were pending for 10 years but got cleared when he took over as a CM.

He concluded that the state government is planning to bring down the vehicular traffic by 40 per cent by providing end-to-end connectivity.

Though the state government approved the project in 2007 — which is to be built on 1,160 hectares — it faced inordinate delays over environment and land acquisition issues. However, in November 2010, the union environment ministry granted environment clearance but they laid down 32 conditions which included restoration of lost mangrove cover through fresh plantations. Along with this, the Centre had directed to rehabilitate 3,000 families from 12 villages which will be vacated.

However, according to CAPA Global Strategy Report for July-August, 2017, it is believed that the airport will not commence operations before March 2024, reported Money Control. 

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