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Reduce eco impact, Ramesh to aviation min

Environment and Forest Minister, Jairam Ramesh, has reportedly told the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel that impact on the environment will have to be reduced at the proposed sites for the new airport in Mumbai.

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2010 01:31 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Environment and Forest Minister, Jairam Ramesh, has reportedly told the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel that impact on the environment will have to be reduced at the proposed sites for the new airport in Mumbai. Ramesh has also denied the claim that a compromise has been struck over the ministry’s reservations on the proposed new airport site at Navi Mumbai.

“Yes, I met Civil Aviation minister but no compromise has been worked out,” he told Hindustan Times, following television reports that the two ministers have worked out a strategy to develop a new airport at Navi Mumbai.

The compromise formula, as per the reports, was that the design for the airport at Navi Mumbai would be reworked to minimise environmental damage on mangrove plantations.

Ramesh has reportedly told Patel that the impact of the airport and other alternate sites will have to be minimised to get environment clearance.

“All options are still open,” Ramesh said, while referring to the ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) decision to seek new environment assessment for 17 alternate sites.

The Civil Aviation ministry had, however, rejected the option of developing the airport at alternative sites stating that airport cannot come up at Kalyan because of security reasons.

Ramesh also made it clear there will be “no short circuiting” of the process to decide on the environment clearance for the airport.

As per the process, the EAC has to decide on the clearance. In its last meeting, the EAC had asked the civil aviation ministry to explore the possibility of developing the airport at alternate sites.

The next EAC meeting is expected in September-October where the project proponents will have to submit reports on possible changes in design. “The EAC will decide after considering the environment reports,” an official said.