(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 10. Navi Mumbai is set
to get an international airport, which is being built with an eye
on the high air traffic demand. The new airport will be located in
the center of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) at Ulwe in Navi
Mumbai, trend reports.
The airport will be built and managed by Adani Airports, one of
India's largest airport operators. To be constructed in four
phases, the plan is to make the airport one of the most
energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable in the world.
All vehicles that will be used at the station will be electric,
and charging stations will be installed across the airport. It will
also extensively use green electricity, a large part of which shall
be solar power generated on the site, the group managing the
project said in a statement.
The terminal's design is inspired by the lotus, India's national
The first two phases will be completed by December 2024. The
Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) will be built over an area
of 1160 hectares.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde yesterday reviewed the
work going on the site along with his deputy Devendra Fadnavis.
After an aerial inspection of the site, the two leaders were
given a detailed presentation by the Adani Group's representatives
on the features of the airport.
The Chief Minister said that the new airport will be an
important one not just for Maharashtra, but also for the country.
He added that it will reduce the burden on the Mumbai airport.
Detailing the challenges faced in the project, the project team
said that they still have to tackle tall hills, and rocks and also
change the course of the Ulwe river.
"Challenges were galore in the 1160-hectare land meant for the
project. Especially, in the southern part which was shortlisted
there was a 2 km long, 100-meter-tall hill with 55 million cubic
meters of rock in it," says Charudatta Deshmukh, Joint President -
Planning and Design of NMIA Project.
"The Ulwe river had its 40-meter-wide course cutting across the
site. The river was recoursed and the current river course is 200
meters wide and it doesn't impact the site," he added.
The distance between the new Navi Mumbai airport and the Mumbai
airport will be less than 40 km.
The airport would be connected to the 22-km Mumbai Trans-Harbour
Link (MTHL), which will serve as the main road connector between
the airport and the metropolis.
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