With the major hurdle of land acquisition resolved, and clearances from the state Cabinet in its bag, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the nodal authority for the project, is upbeat about executing the first phase of the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) by mid-2021. Pre-development work has begun for the airport that is to come up on 1,160 hectares.
hurdles in the way of the project were removed after the state government rolled out a Rs 400-crore relief and rehabilitation (R&R) package for the about 3,500 families across ten villages who would be displaced.
On completion of the first phase, NMIA would be able to handle 10 million passengers yearly, a figure that would go up to 60 million once it attained full capacity. This is important given the situation at the existing Mumbai airport. According to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), capacity utilization at the Mumbai airport stood at 94% in the last fiscal, being expected to reach saturation point by March, 2018. The airport had a throughput of about 45.2 million passengers in FY17, which represented about 20% of all-India airport traffic.
In four-five years, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), too, is expected to be operational, reducing the time taken to travel between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to 20-30 minutes from at least 75 minutes now.