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First flight to take off from Navi Mumbai in December 2019: Devendra Fadnavis

The CM credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ensuring that the much delayed project is on track

mumbai Updated: Feb 19, 2018 09:51 IST
G Mohiuddin Jeddy
G Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times
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Prime minister Narendra Modi talks with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis during the opening ceremony of the Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence 2018 in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)

The first flight from the Navi Mumbai international airport will take off in December 2019, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday.

“One terminal building and 1 runway will be ready by December 2019. We are confident of it (meeting the deadline) as we are getting a lot of support,” said the CM during the ground-breaking ceremony of the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract to build the airport. Nodal agency CIDCO and GVK created a special purpose vehicle — Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd — for the greenfield project.

Nodal agency CIDCO had begun the Rs2,000-crore pre-work in July 2017. This included cutting of Ulwe hills and diverting a river.

Blaming the previous Congress-NCP government in the state and the UPA government at the Centre for delays, he credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ensuring that the much delayed project is on track.

Thanking Modi for performing the bhoomipujan of the airport and inaugurating a cargo terminal at JNPT, Fadnavis said, “This airport project has primarily been possible because of one person and that is Narendra Modi.”

He slammed the erstwhile Congress-NCP government for not getting eight no-objection certificates for the project sanctioned from the government. Under the BJP-led government at the Centre, Fadnavis said the state has received seven NOCs, while the eighth one will be granted within a week.

The Navi Mumbai airport will boost the state gross domestic product by 1%, he said. “Owing to low capacity of our airports, our GDP suffers. With the new airport, our GDP will increase by at least 1 %.”

Fadnavis also thanked project affected people from Panvel for giving away their land for the project, local leaders and CIDCO officials. CIDCO is the nodal agency for the project.

He reminded people of various projects to improve connectivity and public transport.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 09:48 IST