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Residents to have a say in airport connectivity plan

Citizens can now do their bit in helping the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) finalise an effective plan to improve the connectivity of the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport.

mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2011 01:08 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Citizens can now do their bit in helping the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) finalise an effective plan to improve the connectivity of the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport.

From next week onwards, the nodal body for the Navi Mumbai airport will call for suggestions and objections from people to help it clear the regional and local transport connectivity plan.

Consultants LEA associates have prepared the draft of the plan, which will soon be uploaded on the state planner’s website. A physical copy of the report will also be kept in the state planner’s office for those interested in going through it and suggesting changes in the draft.

“We will upload the report on our website next week. We have called suggestions from people and will finalise the proposal on how to improve the connectivity of the new airport in a couple of months,” CIDCO vice-chairman and managing director Tanaji Satre said.

The Navi Mumbai International Airport spread over 1,160 hectares is expected to cater to 60 million passengers by 2030.

Once completed, it is expected that 4.5 lakh people, including travellers and workers will make their way to the airport on a daily basis, of which nearly 45% are expected to be passengers from the western and eastern suburbs alone.

The state planner in an attempt to handle commuter rush had decided to formulate a comprehensive transport plan, for which it roped in a consultant as well.

The thrust of the plan was to reduce the reliance of people on private transport. According to studies, it is estimated that by 2021, 85% of the passengers will come in private vehicles or taxi while remaining will use public transport to commute.

The state planner believes that if the suggestions of the report are implemented, reliance on private transport will reduce considerably. It expects that by 2031 when the new public transit systems are put in place, the number of people using private transport will fall down to 55%.