Navi Mumbai International Airport likely to take two more years to complete

While the reluctance of the project-affected people to vacate the land required for construction of airstrip has stalled the work on one hand, the economic slowdown too is affecting the project.

Published: 30th December 2019 08:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2019 08:42 PM   |  A+A-

Navi Mumbai Airport

Navi Mumbai Airport

Express News Service

MUMBAI: Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA), the first green-field international airport of the country is not just going to miss the deadline, but the work is unlikely to be finished within next two years, officials have said.

According to the original plan the government had announced that the first flight from the airport will take off in December 2020. However, acording to officials, while the reluctance of the project-affected people to vacate the land required for construction of the airstrip has stalled the work on one hand, the economic slowdown too is adversely affecting the project.

According to Lokesh Chandra, MD of state-owned City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), which is the nodal agency for the airport project, one of the hillocks has been cut to size and that has also led to requisite levelling of the landscape. However, the actual construction of runway and other buildings for the airport is yet to begin and this will lead to delay of the project.

The airport in Navi Mumbai was envisaged by the-then Shiv Sena-BJP state government in late 1990s. However, the environmental and other clearances caused a major delay. During the Fadnavis government, the issues of the overloaded Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) was highlighted and the central government put the project on priority basis.

PM Modi laid the corner stone of the project earlier this year. However, the process of acquisition of 671 hectare land from 10 villages is yet to complete. While the entire project requires 2,268 hectare land, and much of is it government land, the crucial 671 hectare land is required for runways.

While the project-affected people had accepted the compensation package offered by the CIDCO, they refused to vacate the land after they realized that the alternative land being offered is not developed and would need a long time for that. Three more villages too were added to the lot later increasing the land requirement for resettlement of the project-affected people.

To add to the woes, though the levelling of around 1,160 hectare out of total 2,268 hectare land is complete, the contractors haven’t initiated work on construction of runways and terminal buildings. As financial reasons are being cited for the delay, officials have said that it may lead to a delay of up to two more years.


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  • Bejan Surtiwala

    If anything gets done in10 years we will be lucky. PAP's hold all the cards and should demand that the government either build them luxury sky scrapers in the middle of the runway
    9 months ago reply
  • Ganesh Pisal

    We need International Airport at Purandhar
    9 months ago reply
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