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DESPERATE STATE PROPOSES CHANGE IN NAVI MUMBAI AIRPORT PROJECT PLANS

project-plan-The government has identified a couple of sites where facilities such as hotels, convention centres, and golf course could be developed The proposed Navi Mumbai airport is inching closer to getting clearance with the Maharashtra government signalling that it is ready to make changes to the project plan to address environmental concerns. Changes are needed in plans such as development of hotels and the alignment of the runway. The environment ministry had indicated its unhappiness over the project developer’s continued disregard for its concerns. The state government has said that it will relocate the non-aeronautical and non-essential components of the project, such as five star hotels and shopping malls, away from the Navi Mumbai airport site. Sources in the government said that a couple of sites have been identified where facilities such as hotels, convention centres, and golf course could be developed. CIDCO and the state government are keen on developing these non-aeronautical components as revenue earners. The decision will ensure that a substantial portion of the 400 acres of mangrove forest is left untouched. The proposed changes to the plan will have to be approved by the civil aviation ministry before CIDCO submits the new plans for environmental approval. The new plans are expected to be ready for consideration by early October. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.

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