The first phase of the proposed Rs 14,500-crore global airport at Navi Mumbai would be ready by December 2018, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Bhatia said on Tuesday.
The body is the nodal agency for the project.
Bhatia said settlement of disputes with almost all villages for smooth land acquisition was CIDCO's priority. The agency is developing a 600-square-kilometre township for the airport, he added.
Other than the airport, CIDCO has started infrastructure development of Rs 20,000 crore for the nodes managed by it in Navi Mumbai.
The other key infrastructure projects CIDCO has undertaken in Navi Mumbai include the Rs 2,100-crore metro rail one, the Rs 1,412-crore Nerul-Belapur-Uran railway one, the Rs 1,450-crore Balganga dam to ensure drinking water to the city and several others like coastal roads and bridges.
CIDCO has prepared a three-year plan for development of 13 schools, four professional colleges, one degree college, 32 hospitals, 34 religious and spiritual centres and 77 social welfare centres including hostels, indoor sports facilities and community centres in the nodes being developed by it. CIDCO has chalked a plan to construct 6,000 affordable houses.
On links between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, Bhatia said the state government was reactivating the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, while the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust was doubling its capacity to handle large ships.