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No compromise over new Mumbai airport

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has reportedly told the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel that impact on environment will have to be reduced at the proposed sites for the new airport in Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: Aug 27, 2010 23:15 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has reportedly told the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel that impact on environment will have to be reduced at the proposed sites for the new airport in Mumbai.

Ramesh has also denied the claim that a compromise has been struck over the ministry’s reservations on proposed new airport site at Navi Mumbai.

“Yes, I met Civil Aviation minister but no compromise has been worked out,” he told HT, following television reports that the two ministers have worked out a strategy to develop a new airport at Navi Mumbai.

The compromise formula was that the design for the airport will be reworked to minimise environment impact on mangrove plantations.

Ramesh has reportedly told Patel that impact of the new airport will have to be minimised to get clearance. “All options are still open,” Ramesh said, while referring to ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee decision to seek new environment assessment for 17 alternate sites.