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Maha Governor bats for second airport in Mumbai

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan todayfavoured setting up of a second international airport in Mumbai which he said would help decongest air traffic at the existing airport in the city.

mumbai Updated: Jul 29, 2010 23:22 IST
PTI

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Thursday favoured setting up of a second international airport in Mumbai which he said would help decongest air traffic at the existing airport in the city.

"Mumbai needs a new airport. We have to take up this matter urgently," he said on the sidelines of a function releasing a book on wildlife written by Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman of the Lokmat Group of Newspapers, Vijay Darda.

The long standing demand for a second airport, proposed at Navi Mumbai, had recently met with opposition from the Ministry of Environment headed by Jairam Ramesh.

The Governor pointed out that fuel burnt by planes hovering over the skies of Mumbai while waiting for permission to land also causes damage to the environment.

He, however, said there was a pressing need to balance the concerns of environment conservation with the exigencies of development.

First Published: Jul 29, 2010 23:20 IST