Centre to fast-track clearances for Navi Mumbai airport

Jul 30, 2012, 23:16 IST | PTI

Mumbai's 2nd airport at Navi Mumbai moved one step closer to reality with the central government saying it would expedite sanctioning of clearances for the proposed project.

The Centre today assured Maharashtra government that it would expedite sanctioning of clearances for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport near the country's financial capital.

The assurance came at a meeting between Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Delhi.

Ajit Singh, Prithiviraj Chavan
Aviation Minister Ajit Singh (right) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. File Pic 

The Union Cabinet had granted in-principle approval for a second international airport for Mumbai in May 2007. It is one of the 'priority projects', being monitored directly by the Prime Minister's Office. Singh told Chavan today that Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) had to look into the legal aspects concerning the bid documents, contractual liabilities, infrastructural and environmental issues, etc, before granting clearances, an Aviation Ministry statement said.

The Minister also told Chavan that the Centre was aware of the progress made by the state regarding environmental clearances, shifting of power transmission lines, rehabilitation and resettlement, connectivity, land development schemes, apart from the land acquisition.

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