The state has decided to do everything it can to convince the Central authorities to give it environmental clearance for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport. It is, however, adamant about changing the course of Gadhi and Ulve rivers flowing north of the proposed site.
A draft of preparedness, that the state will finalise on September 13 and submit to the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry on September 22, says Gadhi river would have to be diverted to maintain a minimum distance of 200 metres between the runway and water bodies.
“We need to divert the rivers because of aeronautical and safety reasons,” said an official from the Urban Development (UD) Department. The ministry has pointed out that the diversions may lead to flooding in parts of Panvel.