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NAVI MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON COURSE – GETS CENTER’S CLEARANCE – SAYS CHIEF MINISTER ASHOK CHAVAN

airport-1Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has announced that the Navi Mumbai International Airport has got all the clearances from the Union Environment Ministry headed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. While the announcement spells good news for Navi Mumbai, there are still speculations whether the announcement is just to give a feel good factor to voters close to elections. This is Chief Minister Ashok Chavan making a public announcement of getting all the clearances for the Navi Mumbai Intl’ Airport from the Union Environment Ministry headed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The Chief Minister made this announcement in the presence of the Prime Minister himself, during Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Mumbai. It may be recalled that the Navi Mumbai Intl’ Airport had hit another hurdle when the Union Environment Ministry had rejected the site chosen for the construction of the airport as it involved massive massacre of mangroves. Since, then the speculations that the Navi Mumbai Intl’ Airport will never see the light of the day resumed. However, now the Chief Minister’s official announcement on the airport has again raised hopes of the prestigious project taking off soon. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s announcement was backed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who said that the UPA had made significant investments for bettering public transports system from roads in rural area to airport in urban cities. While Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s announcement about the Navi Mumbai International Airport getting all the clearances from the Union Environment Ministry headed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh spells good news for Navi Mumbai, there is not guaranteeing that it does mean that the project will take off any soon. It can also be possible that the announcement is just to give a feel good factor to voters close to elections. NMTV Managing Editor Zeba Warsia reports.

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