Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is anything but impressed with the new so called rectified designs submitted by CIDCO for the Navi Mumbai Airport project. Highly placed sources at the Union Environment Ministry have said the plans are not in tune with what Praful Patel had promised Jairam Ramesh. They have termed it as “Old Wine In New Bottle” once again creating a deadlock on the project. Details with this report. The take off of Navi Mumbai International Airport is going to get delayed even further if the reactions from Jairam Ramesh headed Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to CIDCO’s new plans is anything to go by. It may be recalled that the ice between Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Union Aviation Minister Praful Patel had thawed after Patel promised Ramesh of submitting new plans of the airport that will reduce environment destruction. Following this CIDCO submitted a new plan for the Navi Mumbai site all over again on this week to Jairam Ramesh’s office. But sources in the Environment Ministry said CIDCO’s fresh plan is nothing but a litany of excuses because CIDCO has explained its inability to alter earlier plans. What is even more disconcerting for the Environment Ministry is that the fresh maps submitted by CIDCO reveals that the ecologically sensitive area of CRZ I component in the project is much higher than previously estimated. The original maps showed that 28% of the project area was classified as ecologically sensitive. In the fresh maps however, 39% of the project area is ecologically sensitive. CIDCO has also refused to do away with the non-essential elements of the plans, like five-star hotels and corporate air lounges. A well-placed MOEF source has said, TYPE THIS “The new submissions by CIDCO are ridiculous and in bad faith as there are no changes from the earlier plan. If this is what CIDCO intends to do, it only shows bad intent and we cannot see how they can get the old Navi Mumbai plan cleared by resubmitting it without any worthwhile changes that would reduce impact on the environment.” In other words Jairam Ramesh’s office has termed the new CIDCO plan as “old wine in new bottle” and has rejected it, again. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
June 14, 2016