Mumbai: Mumbai’s second international airport is set to “take-off” with the Union Cabinet likely to approve the long-awaited project next month.
“We are confident of a positive response from the Cabinet next month. We expect to start work by May as our feasibility report has been well accepted by civil aviation authorities, Deepak Kapoor, joint managing director of CIDCO, under whose aegis the project is coming up, said.
“The project is expected to be complete by 2013,” he said, adding “Union civil aviation minister Praful Patel and Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh are taking a personal interest in the meetings, just been held with CIDCO,” Kapoor said.
“The global tenders are in place, the IL&FS PDR has been approved and everything is ready, we are just waiting to begin,” kapoor added.
The Rs9000-crore, 4F-ICAO code friendly, green-field airport, fourth such in the country, will make Mumbai the only city in India to have two international airports, putting it on an elite global aviation map.
With the civil aviation sector growing at a staggering 26%, the need for a second international airport is being urgently felt in already overcrowded Mumbai.
“Passenger traffic is expected to touch 90 million by 2030 and this second airport will be needed to meet an extra 50 million that the city’s two airports will not be able to handle. At best the present two will be able to handle only 40 million by then,” he pointed out.