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Govt tweaks 2nd city airport plan to save river

The state government is ready with a new plan for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport.

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2010 02:40 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The state government is ready with a new plan for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport.

Keeping the suggestions of the Central Expert Appraisal Committee in mind, the state on Friday decided to tweak plans to prevent diversion of the Gadhi river. It will also shift the airport’s non-aeronautical area to the south of the site to reduce mangrove destruction. HT had on August 22 reported that such a shift was possible.

“We have tried to accommodate all environmental concerns. The decision was taken at a meeting with Guillermo Ubilla, vice-president of Louis Berger, the engineering and planning consultant for the airport project on Friday,” a senior government official told HT. “The new maps will be ready by October 4.”

The proposal has been going to and fro between the state and the Union environment ministry for more than a year. The latest plan may mean that the green nod will come without further delay.