600-sq km city coming up near Mumbai

600-sq km city coming up near Mumbai

A new city, Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA), is coming up next to Navi Mumbai where the international airport has been planned.

The Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) is one of the biggest project for the Maharashtra government and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is the nodal agency.

“The government has decided to build NAINA in an area of 600 sq km around the upcoming NMIA,” Governor C Vidyasagar Rao told the joint session of Maharashtra legislature on the opening day of the budget session.

He said the government is committed to expedite the work of the NMIA project. “Due to a comprehensive rehabilitation policy of the government, consent letters from the Project Affected Persons for land acquisitions have been received by CIDCO. Majority of the  clearances required for the Project have been received,” Rao said.

The NMIA will support the rapidly growing air travel needs of Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It is expected to absorb annually 10 million passengers in its first operational year 2017, 25 million by 2020 followed by 45 million passengers in 2025 and ultimately, 60 million by 2030, according to CIDCO. The project cost is expected to be over Rs 10,000 crore.

The proposed airport will have two parallel runways 1.55 km apart, even though it was initially suggested that their separation length will be 1.8 km.

Development will be through Public-Private-Participation mode in which the private party will hold 74 per cent, and state-owned CIDCO and Airports Authority of India will have 13 per cent stake each.

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