The state government plans to set up high end townships around the new international airport at Panvel, promoting these as special business, hospitality and amusement clusters along with residential complexes.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the planning authority for the area, will prepare a master plan of 50 sq km for the development around the demarcated airport site.
The idea of setting up the Navi Mumbai airport as an aertropolis (airport city) has been inspired by international airports like Washington and New York. A team of officials visited airports in the US last week to study their management of multiple airports. Louis and Berger, consultants for the Navi Mumbai international airport, sponsored the weeklong trip.
Officials said that in the past, townships surrounding the airports were associated with a certain degree of negativity because of the constant noise and pollution. However, in recent times, townships around airports have become chic neighbourhoods.
Officials estimate that once the Navi Mumbai airport begins operating by 2012, there will be a huge demand for land exploitation to set up hotels, retail outlets and shopping malls.
The state’s urban development department plans to modify development control regulations to enable CIDCO to offer developers additional vertical development rights in this area in exchange for a premium.
“CIDCO can earn substantial revenue from this development. The townships will have mixed land use with residential, business, hospitality and retail centers being developed here,” said a senior Urban Development Department official.
CIDCO will have to ensure that there is minimal noise pollution. A buffer of mangroves and trees will surround and cordon off the main airport site from these townships. The planning agency has kept 370 acres as a No Development Zone around the airport following directives from Ministry of Environment and Forests and this will help in minimising noise pollution
CIDCO will also build large parking lots at and near the airport because this has been seen as a major revenue generation source for international airports.