City and Industrial Development Corporation’s (CIDCO’s) joint managing director Prajakta Verma, on November 23, 2017, assured that the work on the Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport project was being fast-tracked. “In all probability, the first phase would be completed as per the timeline, towards the end of 2019,” he said. The Navi Mumbai town planning authority recently awarded the contract to develop the much-delayed airport to GVK-led Mumbai International Airport.
In February 2017, the GVK Group, which had the first right of refusal in case of a higher bid, had won the bids for the greenfield airport that will be built on a 1,160-hectare marshy land on a PPP mode, with the CIDCO as the nodal public implementing agency. Interestingly, a CAPA (Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation) report had stated that the airport would not commence operations before fiscal 2023, as significant earthwork have to be carried out, to begin construction of the main airport infrastructure.
However, Verma said work of razing the hill to fill the nearby marshy land was well in progress and would be completed by May 2018, after which the remaining job would be undertaken by the GVK Group. A 90-metre tall hillock is being razed to just eight meters for the runways and the terminal buildings.
CIDCO has earmarked 2,750 plots, for rehabilitation of the project affected people, which would be ready by February 2018, for occupation, she said.
The first phase of the airport will have a capacity of 10 million passengers per annum and will be able to handle 40 million on full capacity by 2030.