Foundation stone for Navi Mumbai airport to be laid by Prime Minister Modi

The preparation for the Navi Mumbai international airport is in full swing. Prime minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the upcoming airport which will be up and running by the end of 2019. The ceremony will place at an Ulwe village where the work of the airport has begun.

Though the Greenfield airport has been facing problems related to the environment, the upcoming airport in the city will help reduce traffic congestion that Mumbai international airport keep facing. The Modi government has given almost all the permissions for the Navi Mumbai airport and the GVK led-Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) has been awarded the work contract. MIAL is a joint venture between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the GVK-led consortium.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the airport on February 18. He will be in town to inaugurate Magnetic Maharashtra summit at BKC. It will be a small function but will boost the ongoing work of the airport,” an official from Mantralaya said.

The construction work for the Navi Mumbai international airport that is worth 16,000 crores has been delayed due to environment-related controversies. These controversies surfaced because of another upcoming airport in Navi Mumbai which is the Greenfield airport which has been planned on a 1,600 hectares area for which CIDCO is the nodal agency.

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