Navi Mumbai airport runway to be ready by the end of 2019

 A confirmation has come from chief minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier today at the state assembly that the construction one terminal building of the upcoming international Navi Mumbai airport will be completed by the end of 2019.

There will two phases of the much-awaited airport. One terminal building is part of the first phase.

While the building is to be completed by end of 2019, the entire project will take 2-and-a-half years to complete. The terminal building will be able to hold around 50 lakh passengers.

At the assembly, a few members kept pointing at the need for the crowd at the international airport in Mumbai to be reduced. Currently, on an average, one plane takes off per minute.

With that, the members also said that the new airport has to be completed with much more speed and within the given time.

A main question regarding the fee for the development and transfer of land provided for the rehabilitation of those affected by the project was also raised, to which Fadnavis said the fee will be levied only if the land is transferred to a third party for development.

He also added that should the project affected people themselves develop the land, there will be no development and transfer fee.

Last month, prime minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the airport. The upcoming airport which costs Rs.16,700 will really help manage the crowd & the existing international airport in Mumbai.

The new airport will have two parallel runways and will handle close to 80 flights an hour.

The plan for the Navi Mumbai airport was made way back in 1997 as a secondary airport at an investment amount of Rs.3,000 crores.

Till now, CIDCO has rehabilitated nearly 400 of the affected families. The total number of families that were affected by the project are 3,500. Each family has been offered alternative plots, plots, monetary compensation, construction aid, rent allowances and additional amenities in the Pushpak Nagar where they will be well rehabilitated

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