The proposed Navi Mumbai international airport received a shot in the arm with the Ministry of Environment and Forests making a special mention to permit its construction, subject to conditions, in its newly-prepared draft Coastal Regulatory Zone notification. The draft CRZ-2010 notification as well as its pre-draft, an outcome of several rounds of public dialogue held in various states by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh since 2009, have been posted on the MoEF’s website; the Centre will seek comments, suggestions and objections from the public till May 30. “The development of greenfield airport at Navi Mumbai shall be undertaken subject to detailed scientific study for incorporating adequate environmental safeguard measures required for neutralising damage to coastal environment as may be appropriate to the Navi Mumbai region,” the draft notification states. The proposed airport, to be implemented by CIDCO and a private developer, falls under CRZ I, II and III areas. The airport construction will entail filling up two rivers and clearing nearly 161 hectares of mangroves.
October 7, 2008