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Maharashtra govt okays MIAL bid to build Rs 16,000 cr Navi Mumbai airport

The project will be developed on 74:26 per cent partnership between MIAL and CIDCO and airport's phase 1

Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai 

Navi Mumbai International Airport
The site where the Navi Mumbai International Airport will come up

Cabinet on Tuesday approved Mumbai International Airport’s (MIAL’s) bid to construct the Rs 16,000 crore

With the Cabinet giving its go ahead, the formal letter of award will be issued to This will be followed by signing of a concession agreement between a MIAL-led special purpose vehicle and the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) in next two months and financial closure for the project six months after the signing of the agreement.

The project will be developed on 74:26 per cent partnership between and and airport’s phase 1 with annual handling capacity of 10 million passengers each year. 

In its announcement on Tuesday, the government said the airport is expected to be operational by December 2019. Aviation sector experts, however, have termed the deadline as unrealistic. Aviation consultancy estimates that the is unlikely to be functional by March 2024.

Financial bids for the project were opened in February and was selected as it offered a higher revenue share of 12.6 per cent to project implementing agency  The airport developer will also pay a concession fee ranging from Rs 5 crore to Rs 1,250 crore to  

While the government sat on the proposal to select the developer for eight months, pre-development works commenced in June. Works include flattening of hillock, diversion of river and reclamation of marshland. So far a portion of hill on the western side has been blasted and landfill carried out in 25 hectares. River diversion work, too, is underway but the work proceeded slowly because of rain and villagers protests over compensation.

The airport project has been in the planning stages since the 1990s but has faced delays and roadblocks in land acquisition and environmental clearances.

First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 01:50 IST
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