Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused “previous governments” of leaving projects worth Rs 10 lakh crore hanging, at a ceremony where he laid the foundation stone of the Rs 16,000 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport today.
He also inaugurated India’s largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, constructed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore.
In his speech, Modi not only explained the importance and need of the Navi Mumbai airport, but also laid stress the need for good infrastructure.
The BJP government in Maharashtra is planning to connect Mumbai and the new airport – which are located far apart – through water ways.
It is also planning to connect Mumbai International Airport to Navi Mumbai International Airport through an MRTRO rail line.
The whole project is spread across approximately 2268 hectares. The core area’s size is 1,160 hectares.
City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO, a government agency) has successfully acquired more than 90 per cent of the land so far. CIDCO will develop the project together with Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd (MIAL).
The upcoming airport will be bigger than the current international airport in Mumbai. It will have two runways.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government hoped that the first flight from Navi Mumbai Airport will take off by December 2019.
The new airport is expected to reduce the burden on the current one, and generate jobs.