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Compromise formula for Navi Mumbai airport soon

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said a “compromise formula” was being actively worked out with the Civil Aviation Ministry over the Navi Mumbai airport project, as he sends a high-level environment ministry team to inspect the site on October 21.

delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2010 00:17 IST

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said a “compromise formula” was being actively worked out with the Civil Aviation Ministry over the Navi Mumbai airport project, as he sends a high-level environment ministry team to inspect the site on October 21.

With the Prime Minister’s Office closely monitoring the progress in building a second airport in Mumbai, the report of the Expert Appraisal Committee, which will study whether green concerns are being taken care of, will be crucial in deciding the fate of the project.

“We are actively working for a compromise formula. I am hopeful mitigating steps will be taken,” Ramesh said.

While the proposed airport site is not being changed, the location for non-aeronautical assets like hotels and shopping areas are likely to be shifted so that mangroves are not affected and two rivers are not diverted.

To address these concerns, the civil aviation ministry is also willing to change the orientation of the twin runways after getting technical clearances from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India.

These developments are taking place keeping in mind the need to expedite the project, which is being closely monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office, the sources said.

The Union cabinet had given its nod to the project way back in May 2007. The existing Mumbai airport, where additional flights are now being restricted due to saturation, is slated to exhaust its capacity of handling 40 million passengers a year by 2013. Hence the urgent need to construct the new airport at Navi Mumbai.