And the update on the Navi Mumbai International Airport is that the Environment Ministry has assured the Prime Minister it will help find an early resolution to the deadlock over the airport project but has also requested the Maharashtra government and the Civil Aviation Ministry to be more flexible. The assurance by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has come in response to a communication from the Prime Minister’s Office asking the Environment Ministry to expedite a decision on the project. The PMO had said the decision to give or deny environmental clearance needed to be taken quickly to clear the uncertainty. The proposed airport has been the subject of a bitter turf war between the Environment Ministry, which has raised several objections to the location in Navi Mumbai, and the Civil Aviation Ministry that has been backing the project. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that they have assured the Prime Minister that a solution would be found. He said that the Environment Ministry was processing the matter as fast as they can. Ramesh’s ministry is now suggesting project developer CIDCO to drop plans to integrate a hotel and shopping complex within the project and relocate these “non-essentials” elsewhere to minimise the environmental impact. Relocation can save a substantial part of the 400 acres of mangroves that is under threat because of the project. CIDCO has been given some other suggestions to limit the environmental damage. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has made a detailed submission to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting his “help and support” in getting “early clearances and sanction”. Chavan, who had met the Prime Minister last week, has listed out the measures being taken to address the environmental issues. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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