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DE­SPITE MAHARASHTRA’S CHIEF MIN­IS­TER, Deven­dra Fad­navis harp­ing that the rst phase of work on Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NMIA) will be com­pleted by 2019, the civil avi­a­tion min­istry thinks oth­er­wise.

Dur­ing the sixth US-In­dia avi­a­tion sum­mit, civil avi­a­tion sec­re­tary, RN Choubey said that even though work on NMIA is pro­gress­ing as sched­uled, meet­ing the 2019 dead­line would be tough.

e es­ti­mated cost for com­ple­tion of NMIA’s rst phase is `16,700 crores. In March it be­gan with the lev­el­ling of Ulwe hill, the site where the ter­mi­nal will come up.

In 1997, ac­knowl­edg­ing the ur­gency to take the load o Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CSIA), the state ini­ti­ated di­a­logue for NMIA. Numeral de­lays later, the project is nally un­der­way.

Pas­sen­ger tra c at Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CSIA) has been on a steady rise since a while now, and cur­rently it is func­tion­ing be­yond its full ca­pac­ity of han­dling 45 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per an­num.

Ear­lier this year, Union Min­is­ter of State for Civil Avi­a­tion, Jayant Sinha said that in the next ve years, Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port would be able to take the load o CSIA that has a “bot­tle-necked sin­gle run­way”.

e new air­port will have two par­al­lel run­ways with a ca­pac­ity to han­dle 80 ight move­ments per hour.

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SURESH PRABHU, Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion had tweeted that the avi­a­tion min­istry has given a nod for Pune’s new air­port to be built in Pu­ran­dar. Pune’s only air­port at Lo­he­gaon is run­ning be­yond its full ca­pac­ity. Pas­sen­ger tra c has in­creased from 6.76 mil­lion to 8.1 mil­lion in 2017-18. As per Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia, the sin­gle ter­mi­nal air­port’s per hour pas­sen­ger han­dling ca­pac­ity is limited to 450.

Since it is a de­fence air­port, there are limited op­tions for its ex­pan­sion, as well as lim­i­ta­tions to in­crease the num­ber of com­mer­cial and cargo ight move­ments from 90 to 154, as is re­quired. Es­ti­mated cost for the project that will cover an area of 2,400 hectares is about `14,000 crore. It will be de­vel­oped by state-owned Maharashtra Air­port De­vel­op­ment Com­pany Limited (MADC). Work on the Pu­ran­dar air­port will com­mence once MADC re­ceives reg­u­la­tory clear­ance. ere is hope that it will be func­tional by 2023. puneair­

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