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A few hurdles left for new airport

Though the Navi Mumbai International Airport has got environmental clearance, there are several hurdles that remain to be cleared.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2011 01:53 IST
HT Correspondent

Though the Navi Mumbai International Airport has got environmental clearance, there are several hurdles that remain to be cleared. Officials from the state government as well as the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) are now working to remove any hurdles that many crop up in the process of awarding the work to the bidder.

“We are working on removing the problems that may result in us not getting good bids if the project is not very feasible commercially,” said an official involved in the process. The officials held discussions on the issue with financial and legal consultants on Thursday.

The project faces quite a few problems: The civil aviation ministry has not yet decided the distribution of air traffic between Mumbai and the new airport. There is no fast connectivity to the proposed airport so that people from Mumbai or other adjoining areas can travel to catch their flights. The terrain will have unique constraints as a hillock will have to be flattened and some high-tension electricity lines will have to be shifted.

“We will have to find solutions to these problems before we invite bids for the construction of the airport,” the official said. On the brighter side, the officials are happy that airline companies have already started showing interest in the new airport.

“A couple of emerging airlines have got in touch with us expressing their intention to shift base to the Navi Mumbai airport. Some airlines want to divert their flights to gulf countries to Navi Mumbai,” he said.

State and CIDCO officials have now decided to hold a meeting with representatives of airlines to find out what their requirements will be, including airtime. Besides, a meeting will be held with the lenders who will be interested in funding the successful bidder. “As of now no one has been awarded the contract, but we are inviting interested lenders to explain to th