NAVI MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MAY NOT OPEN BY
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.
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. puneairport.com