New airport at Navi Mumbai: NAINA finally on drawing board

  • Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2015 19:00 IST

The roadmap for the 600-square km Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA), a city which will have 30-odd zones specialising in various economic activities and townships, equipped with world-class infrastructure, has finally made it to the drawing board.

The Maharashtra government is envisioning that NAINA, which is 25% bigger than Mumbai, will be better equipped with modern facilities, and will be planned as a smart city.

City and Industrial Development Corporation, which is the special planning authority (SPA) for NAINA has appointed the state think-tank, Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), which has been appointed for the economic planning of NAINA.

The MTSU in turn will be appointing a consultant by the end of June to chart out the finer points, while it takes care of the facilitation and community engagement aspect in the planning.

“CIDCO has asked us to work on the economic planning for NAINA, which will be developed in phases. We will be looking at different sectors that can come up in this area which will be mushrooming alongside the Navi Mumbai airport. It will also take care of affordable housing which we will factor in,” said the state think-tank, Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU) which has been appointed MTSU project director BC Khatua.

From agro-farming hubs, education city, service city, medical zones, trade zones, information technology city and light industries, the initial plan is looking at including all such possibilities.

“The idea is to have self-contained small cities, which we will be drawing from scratch. If you do not create economic activities and the relevant infrastructure and housing to support it, people will not live here,” Khatua said.

The MTSU will be undertaking a study as part of the planning, which will be a mix of land survey, the environment impact assessment of the area to be developed, nearby industries that could be extended, among other things.

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