As Chief Minister Ashok Chavan met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the deadlock over Mumbai’s second international airport, the Environment Ministry released its wish-list for the project.
As per the minutes of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) meeting held on August 20, it has asked for details of land acquisition by the government and private bodies. It also asked the state about the potential impact of the airport on nearby residential areas and Karnala bird sanctuary.
The state was asked to re-examine all four sites short-listed, including Navi Mumbai, with equal interest on 0 to 100 scale. The three other sites are Wada, Ansoli and Kalyan.
The EAC said that of the 17 sites initially identified by the City and Industrial Development Corporation, 11 were rejected due to “topography and technical problems”. But similar due diligence was not done at Navi Mumbai, it added.
Wada is 95 km from Mumbai airport and is accessible via the Ahmedabad and Agra highways, Ansoli is near Bhiwandi-Wada Road and is 70 km from the airport, while Kalyan is on the city’s outskirts but was unacceptable due to the presence of an atomic facility and defence land.