Firms shortlisted for Navi Mumbai airport say it will take 6 yrs to build

Firms shortlisted for Navi Mumbai airport say it will take 6 yrs to build

The Navi Mumbai international airport may miss its 2019 deadline with three of the qualified bidders raising questions about the timeline and cost overruns involved in executing the Rs 16,000-crore project.


Around 3,500 families or 10,000 people live on the 1,160 hectares between Panvel creek and Karnala hills proposed to be used for new airport s They make up 10 villages in Panvel taluka including Chinchpada, Owle and Kopar. They are wary of govt’s promises though they have been promised that 22.5% of land will be developed and returned to them and that they will be provided job opportunities .The project affected families, many of who are farmers, are yet to be shifted and rehabilitated. They have to be provided alternate pieces of land and ready-to•occupy houses in nearby villages

After resettlement, ground has to be leveled at the site. This may take time since part of land is marshy. It will also involve cutting hills and diverting Ulve and Gadhi rivers and removing high tension power lines on project site. This work has not yet started > Two tenders for land development have been scrapped, creating more worries on timeline.
Bidders say deadline of 3.5 years for completion of entire project is “absurd”
s Crucial stage II clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests required to start project still pending
s Bidders say four years needed after pre-development work which includes relocation of villagers is complete


Building airport terminals can begin only after the terrain is cleared and ground levelling is complete.Construction work on even one terminal may require at least one year or even more.Building the runway and the required trials is a lot more complex. Direction in which runway should be laid will depend on weather and wind direction. Flights have to land in headwinds, so layout of airport has to be done accordingly. Since it’s a greenfield airport, it should be easier to construct. However, a lot of space around the airport has to be kept vacant for the approach funnel for aircraft. So if buildings are present in approach path, it may pose a problem


Cidco acquired 721 acres from villagers around airport zone. Norms earlier stipulated that land owners must receive 12.5% area of the plot size surrendered at an alternative location with requisite infrastructure. Compensation was later hiked to 22.5% with a further commitment that Cidco would also set up the civic infrastructure for them

This compensation package is over and above the land allotted to all the residents for building houses for their families. As many as 1,195 families are eligible for the plots. Almost all of them have agreed to relocate to nearby settlements

Cidco has announced a floor space index (FSI) of 2 for such resettlement plots, thus increasing the development potential and value. FSI 2 means that on a 4,000 sq m plot (one acre), the developer can build up to 8,000 sq metres

Capacity I 10mn passengers annually in 1st phase
Area I Runways I 1,160 Two, hectares 3.7 kms long llama
Rs 650-cr work to demarcate the airport area and perform ground levelling by cutting hills has been awarded to Gayatri Infra Pvt Ltd and GVK Infrastructure
Parking capacity – 104 aircraft
Connectivity I Metro rail, suburban railway line, bus stations, Mumbai transharbour link, highways