The officials of the Union Environment Ministry paid a visit to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport site. The ongoing controversy over the new international airport in Navi Mumbai has taken a new twist as the Expert Appraisal Committee paid a to visit the proposed project site and held interactions with the representatives of the government and CIDCO officials. Present during this visit amongst the EAC members was the Chairman of EAC Naresh Dayal and the Vice Chairman Dr. M I Sharma. Also present was officiating MD of CIDCO Tanaji Satre. It maybe recalled that CIDCO officials had given a presentation on how no alternative site to Navi Mumbai is available for the new airport. CIDCO had clarified its stand on environmental issues with regard to diversion and training of Gadhi and Ulwe rivers, replantation of 350 hectares of mangroves and blasting of hill 80 meters above sea level. During the discussion, committee members expressed their desire to visit the site before making its recommendations. The committee would be soon submitting a report on the visit to the Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. While the fate of the Navi Mumbai Airport relies on this committee’s report, the Chairman of the Expert Appraisal Committee Naresh Dayal only commented that they are trying to work out a solution keeping in mind the environment. EAC’s visit is being considered crucial when Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel are pitted against each other on the issue of the new airport. Jairam Ramesh said the environment clearance for Navi Mumbai site would be done only after all environment consideration while Praful Patel has argued that there was no alternative to the site. With cameraperson Vinayal Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
April 11, 2016