The city will have to wait longer for its second airport, as the state is yet to acquire 291 hectares of land for the Navi Mumbai International Airport, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan informed the state legislative council on Monday.
The delay has resulted in the project cost tripling to Rs.14,573crore from Rs.4,766 crore.
“The cost was prepared in 2006-07 to cater to 40 lakh passengers annually, but the new planning is according to international standards and the airport will service 60 lakh passengers,” Chavan said, adding that cost will escalate further.
Chavan said the project cannot start till the land issue is solved. He said he had convened a meeting of project-affected people last month, but there was no headway.
“The mindset of the people is that no new land should be acquired until their pending [land] issues are cleared. We have taken the issue very seriously,” he said. The state had planned to make the airport operational by December this year.