IIT Bombay to study environment impact of Navi Mumbai airport

IIT Bombay to study environment impact of Navi Mumbai airport

Mumbai: In its bid to expedite the process of developing Mumbai’s second international airport at Navi Mumbai, the state town planning body, City and Industrial Development Corp of Maharashtra Ltd, or Cidco, has appointed IIT Bombay and the Central Water and Power Research Station of Pune to carry out related surveys.

This comes at time when the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) has given a deadline to Cidco, which has been appointed as the nodal agency to develop Navi Mumbai Airport, to complete the first phase of airport by end-2012.

Earlier, minister for civil aviation Praful Patel has expressed concern about delay in the modernization programme of the Mumbai International Airport as well as the foundation work for the Navi Mumbai International Airport.

Cidco appointed the Indian Institute of Technology here to carry out an environment impact assessment study and the Central Water and Power Research Station to conduct a hydrological survey of the land in which the Navi Mumbai International Airport is being set up, said Cidco’s Buddhabhushan Gaikwad.

Earlier this month, Cidco floated a global tender to appoint a prime consultant for formulating a detailed project report and a master plan for the proposed airport. The consultant is then to assist Cidco in floating a global tender to invite private players to operate the airport on Build Operate and Transfer basis.

“We have initiated three processes simultaneously so as to speed up the airport project, and we should be able to finish it by 2012," Gaikwad said.

A MoCA official said the government is closely monitoring the developments at Cidco through monthly review meetings. “There should not be any delay in the project as Cidco is undertaking multiple activities to supplement bidding process of Navi Mumbai International Airport," he said.

A Cidco executive, who does not want to be identified, said three-fourth of land acquisition for the airport has been completed and the town planning body has initiated rehabilitation and resettlement of the people affected. The airport is planned on 1,140 ha in Navi Mumbai, a satellite township of Mumbai. “The ministry has given us a tough target of commissioning the airport by early 2013. The good thing about the project is the central government is also co-operating with us," he said.

Cidco has estimated the total project cost of the airport at Rs9,970 crore over four phases. The first phase, in 2008-12, at a project cost of Rs4,200 crore, would have a capacity of 10 million passengers per year while second phase (2015-17) would augment the capacity to 20 million and cost an estimated Rs1,896 crore.

The third phase (2020-22) of Rs1,600 crore would take the passenger capacity to 30 million and would reach 40 million in its fourth phase (2026-28) at an estimated cost of Rs2,272 crore.