Navi Mumbai Airport To Partially Open By 2019-End: CM Devendra Fadnavis

| March 6 , 2018 , 17:58 IST

With the inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, development of Navi Mumbai Airport has accelerated. While Airport's take years in construction, one terminal building and a runaway of the much-awaited airfield will become operational by the end of 2019.

Answering Jayant Patil of the Nationalist Congress Party Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated in the state assembly on Tuesday that the Airport is being constructed in two phases, first of which will be completed by December 2019.

As for the entire project completion, the CM said that it will take two to two-and-a-half years. Fadnavis further added that the building will be able to handle around 50 lakh passengers. The project has been in pipeline for years and costs Rs 16,700 crore.

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Pointing that the Navi Mumbai Airport's work should be completed in time, a few members in the House raised a debate stressing on the need to decongest the existing Mumbai airport, where on an average one plane takes off per minute.

The officials of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), Navi Mumbai's planning authority confirmed that the airport will have two parallel runways and will handle over 80 flights per hour. The construction of this airport has affected 10 villages of Navi Mumbai.

Nearly 400 of the 3,500 affected families were rehabilitated and each has been offered alternative plots, monetary compensation, construction aid, rent allowances and additional amenities by CIDCO.