PM lays foundation stone for Navi Mumbai International Airport

The airport is likely to handle 10 million passengers annually

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | February 19, 2018 | Mumbai


#Aviation   #Narendra Modi   #Navi Mumbai Airport   #Mumbai  


PM Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for Rs 16,700 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport. The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed by December 2019. The project is going to be implemented 21 years after it was first proposed. The airport is likely to handle 10 million passengers annually after completion and provide a breather to the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Earlier planned as at an investment of Rs 3,000Cr ,the project was inordinately delayed due to political indecision, issues of environmental clearances, rehabilitation of surrounding villages and funding.

“Though the aviation sector is growing fast, aviation infrastructure is lagging behind. Our aim is to increase the speed of work, transform the sector making it more affordable,” PM Modi said.

Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao, union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and GVK Reddy of the GVK Group which is building the airport in association with state-run infra development agency Cidco in a 74:26 equity structure were also present.

“I believe the airport will be operational on time. Though Cidco has been claiming that the first phase with 10 million passenger capacity would be ready by 2019, junior aviation minister had said the work would not be over before the next five years" said Modi.

Blaming previous governments for not harnessing the growth potential of aviation sector and not having a policy in place to support the growing demand, Modi said, “No one earlier realised the growth potential this sector. There was no policy in place for this sector, which we have brought in. Aviation will also boost the tourism sector in the country" he said.

He also said that the Navi Mumbai airport is one of the many projects worth over Rs 10 trillion (Rs 10 lakh crore) which were stuck and his government has provided funds and it is now progressing.

Modi added that the government is transforming the aviation sector and focusing on providing connectivity and making air travel affordable. “Our aviation sector is growing tremendously. This makes quality infrastructure in the aviation sector important. Our government brought an aviation policy that is transforming the sector.”

He said the sector is growing so fast that in the past one year alone as many as 900 planes were booked by various airlines, which is exactly double the present fleet of 450 planes in the country.

Modi also inaugurated the fourth container terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port.

 
 

Comments

 

Other News

More tests, more oxygen: PM spells out focus

The expansion of the testing and treatment network and more availability of oxygen top the government’s priorities in combating the spread of Covid-19, prime minister Narendra Modi indicated on Tuesday. The PM chaired a video conference with the chief ministers of all states and UTs o

Now, mandatory Covid test to enter Maharashtra

From Wednesday, all passengers travelling to Maharashtra from the NCR of Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa – the four states with high numbers of Covid-19 infection in recent days – will have to compulsorily provide RT_PCR tests before boarding flights and trains.    

India’s active caseload remains below 5%, recovery rate remains above 93%

India’s present active caseload (4,43,486) is 4.85% of the total positive cases, and has been sustained below the 5% mark, the health ministry said in a bulletin Monday. The Recovery Rate continues to be above 93% as 93.68% of all cases have recovered as of date. In the 24 hours to Mon

Covid-19 too will be history one day: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Covid-19 will soon be a “past episode”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, minister for health and family welfare, has said, hoping that “vaccines available very soon, and the cases will significantly go down in the next few months”. “It is not the first one and definitely not

India’s reforms could support medium-term growth

The revival of the government’s reform agenda in response to the coronavirus pandemic shock has the potential to raise India’s medium-term growth rate, Fitch Ratings has said in a new analysis, while also taking note of downside pressures to growth and adding that it will take time to assess wh

Govt working towards resolving MSME issues through banking reforms: Patra

Acknowledging that much needs to be done in the banking sector, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra has said that the government was working on the nitty-gritties. “As far as the Indian banking system is concerned, a lot is still to be done and rest assured work is under progress. T



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter