CIDCO claims that even though all the permissions are in place and the work is in full swing
80 per cent of the work related to the land development has already been done, CIDCO said
The tendering process is expected to be completed by the end of this month, CIDCO said
In a recent aviation summit, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) will be operational by mid of 2020. Though the much-needed new airport is expected to ease a lot of pressure from the Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport, will it be able to meet its deadline is one big question.
The Rs 16,704 crore project is being developed under the public-private-partnership (PPP) model between GVK group subsidiary Mumbai International Airport and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) on a develop-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis.
Out of the 10 villages affected by the project, nine are in the core airport zone. Four villages out of these nine have already been rehabilitated. And even in the remaining few villages, only a few structures in villages like Targhar, Ulwe, Ganeshpuri are remaining, CIDCO MD Lokesh Chandra said.
We had also extended the deadline for the special incentives schemes for the PAPs, where we offered them an extra Rs 500 [incentive per sq m] for construction of houses. The schemes that ended this week also got an excellent response, Chandra said. There is no denying that that to achieve the deadline of mid-2020, it’s going to be a race against the time especially with the locals up in arms. Aviation Secretary RN Chaubey had in September 2018 said that the first flight from Navi Mumbai Airport is only possible in 2021.
The construction of the sea link is likely to begin by February end. The ambitious MTHL will cut down travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by 30 minutes. The project includes a six-lane bridge which would be at least 16.5km long creek bridge with 5.5km viaducts on land on either side. The ambitious 22- kilometer- long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is set to cut down travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by 30 minutes. This bridge is being constructed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and will be open for public use by 2021. The project includes a six-lane bridge which would be at least 16.5km long creek bridge with 5.5km viaducts (long bridge-like structure) on land on either side. The link has interchanges at Sewri in Mumbai and at Chirle on NH-4B on Navi Mumbai side. “This bridge would help in development of Navi Mumbai and part of Raigad District. In addition to this, it would help in faster connectivity with the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and save commuters time. This will later help in decongesting Mumbai,” said a MMRDA official. The MMRDA have appointed three contractors for the project work and it would be constructed in three packages of the 22-km-long sea link. The government had decided to implement the project on design basis.