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Now that the cabinet has approved the Navi Mumbai Airport,it deserves a thread of its own to chronicle its progress.


NEW DELHI: With air traffic projected to grow significantly in Mumbai, the government has on Thursday cleared a proposal to develop a second airport at Navi Mumbai.

The new airport will be developed as a greenfield project through public-private partnership, like the ones being developed at Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Union Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its approval to the proposal of the civil aviation ministry, finance minister P Chidambaram told reporters here.

Official sources said the civil aviation ministry would now set up a steering committee, comprising officials of the Maharashtra government, the ministry, Airports Authority of India and City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) of the state for co-ordination and allocation of resources.

This committee will oversee the structure and implementation of the project, including funding proposal, preparation of tender and other documents, bidding and selection of the strategic partner.
In the new airport project, the first right of refusal has been granted to the Mumbai International Airport (MIAPL) which is developing the existing airport.

The grant of this right means that only if MIAPL says it is not interested in developing the second airport, will some other party be called. The provision is part of the state support agreement executed with the MIAPL as the proposed new airport would come up within 150 km of the existing one. Projections show that air traffic in Mumbai would grow to 27.5 million per annum (mpa) around 2010, 40 mpa by 2015 and 80 mpa by 2026.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will not be able to cater to this massive growth, despite the ongoing restructuring process. The existing airport will be fully saturated by 2013, according to forecasts.

After the Maharashtra government proposed a site in Navi Mumbai to develop this airport, a techno-feasibility study was conducted by Cidco.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) also carried out a detailed simulation study to ensure conflict-free operation at both the existing and new airports.

The ICAO said if the appropriate air traffic management procedures are in place, simultaneous operation of both Mumbai and Navi Mumbai airports was feasible.

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The countdown to Navi Mumbai International Airport:**

  • Pre feasibility study done in 1996
  • Techno-economic feasibility study completed in 1999-2000
  • Proposal submitted to Central Government in 2001
  • ICAO simulation study done in 2006
  • Cabinet's in-principal approval comes on May 31, 2007
  • Consultant to be appointed for preparation of DPR
  • Union Government's approval to CIDCO's DPR will follow
  • Suggestions from Civil Aviation department will come upon which airport design will be updated
  • Role of CIDCO and AAI to be formulated for actual implementation and the action plan will be readied
  • The acquisition of remaining land will start and rehabilitation of affected people will follow
  • Next is bidding and work order through a global bid
  • Actual construction work expected to begin by next year


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^^ First off, that comparison is too old, in '97 BOM had half the international traffic it has now and fewer than half the airlines it has now. Also, Kai Tak never had any intersecting runways, it only had one runway, I dunno where the reporter got his info from.

Also, that Hong Kong's air traffic is mostly widebody is a misconception. Kai Tak still had plenty of narrowbodies, but due to the limits on air traffic movements per hour and the demand in pax traffic (and the lack of parking spaces), airlines used widebodies instead of using narrowbodies to avoid creating even more congestion on the ramp at Kai Tak. Actually, with the opening of the new Chep Lap Kok Int'l airport, the domestic traffic is increasingly being handled by narrowbodies for short and medium haul flights.
 

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A little backgrounder:

A big project like this will always generate discussions in a country like India. It is simply not possible for "people that have the power and ability to think a little further and bigger" to impose their ideas on people who have the power to question.

The article just speaks about various reports by differnt companies. It is written by Lyla Bavadam (an activist journalist) whose news reports are generally sympathetic to the socialist-leftist causes and thus her stress on "land grab" aspect. She may be right or she may be wrong - that is for the readers to judge.
 

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From an interview with Praful Patel

What is the status of Navi Mumbai airport?

It has also been cleared by the Cabinet. We will now proceed. We are in talks with the Maharashtra Government to quickly address all the land issues. We will complete the bidding process by the middle of next year. Once the State government delivers the additional land it has promised, I am going to have a meeting and resolve all the issues to be completed before construction; planning first and then design. We will make it a world class airport regardless of whether it is an AAI airport or not. My only worry is after June next year, when Delhi gets its second runway, the only major infrastructural bottleneck will be in Mumbai.
 

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Now that the cabinet has approved the Navi Mumbai Airport,it deserves a thread of its own to chronicle its progress.
  • Pre feasibility study done in 1996
  • Techno-economic feasibility study completed in 1999-2000
  • Proposal submitted to Central Government in 2001
  • ICAO simulation study done in 2006
  • Cabinet's in-principal approval comes on May 31, 2007
  • Consultant to be appointed for preparation of DPR
  • Union Government's approval to CIDCO's DPR will follow
  • Suggestions from Civil Aviation department will come upon which airport design will be updated
  • Role of CIDCO and AAI to be formulated for actual implementation and the action plan will be readied
  • The acquisition of remaining land will start and rehabilitation of affected people will follow
  • Next is bidding and work order through a global bid
  • Actual construction work expected to begin by next year
the proposed new airport would come up within 150 km of the existing one.
would anyone know how far is this location from the existing airport ...
 

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I remember reading an old news article which said that Navi Mumbai airport would be completely ready by 2030. So, I guess 2012 is the date for airport to become operational.
 

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Tender for consultant in early Sept

The new vice-chairman and managing director of Cidco, G S Gill, on Monday said a global tender to get a consultant for the Navi Mumbai international airport will be issued by the first week of September.

Talking to the media for the first time, the 57-year-old Gill said the Cidco board had also appointed a team from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, to do the environmental impact assessment of the airport project.

“For the relocation and rehabilitation of the seven affected villages on airport land, we are directly talking to the villagers with help from Tata Institute of Social Sciences to work out a handsome package for them,’’ said Gill.

The land where the greenfield airport will come up measures to around 2,000 hectares, of which 1,500 hectares is already available. The rest is yet to be acquired.
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September 3 is the chosen date..
 

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Navi Mumbai airport the cynosure of India Inc

The Rs 4,765-crore Navi Mumbai airport slated to come up by 2012 is critical – not just to land sharks who have invested in the region and to leading politicians who have bought up large tracts of land but also to many large industrial houses in Mumbai.

According to officials, at last count at least six large groups or consortiums are vying for this project, which is expected to change the way Mumbai is viewed some years down the line.

Tenders are expected to be issued by City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) in mid-September inviting global bids from consultants who will conduct the detailed feasibility study. Bids from private players are expected to be announced in April next year
http://www.business-standard.com/economy/storypage.php?tab=r&autono=296408&subLeft=1&leftnm=3
 

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Here's an optimistic timeline

September 2007 - issue of tender for consultants
October 2007 - award of contract for consultants
October 2007 - March 2007 - Pre-tender studies and preparation of tender documents
March 2007 - invitations of technical+financial bids for the airport project
May 2007 - opening of technical bids and short-listing of bidders
June 2007 - opening of financial bids and award of contract

Note that this is a highly compressed timeframe. Keeping all kinds of delays in mind, it would be more likely that the process takes until December 2008. And if other uncertainties creep in (court stay orders, fall of Government, agitation by allies etc.), add more delays in the process. Also this assumes that the existing studies can be used mostly as is and new studies would be limited in nature. If not, add perhaps six months to a year to the process.

Assuming the contract is awarded by December 2008, the airport can be up and running by around December 2012. At least a first phase, with one runway+taxiways and a first phase of the terminal building can be operational by that time. So it is not unrealistic, but not a done deal either. The biggest hurdle is the time until the award of the contract. After that, it should be smoother (assuming a competent bidder is chosen finally).
 

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Because I remembered an earlier conservative estimation, when the Navi Mumbai project was only at the planning stage, that a 2021 deadline was proposed. Maybe the project has become more feasible and is being implemented at a faster pace.
 

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All roads lead to Navi Mumbai

Scope in Navi Mumbai

Barring the 22.5-km six-lane trans-harbour bridge that will link south Mumbai to Nava, a dedicated four-lane (12 km) expressway will take passengers to the entrance of the new airport (from Nava to Panvel).

In other words, the journey from south Mumbai (the Oberoi or Taj) to the new airport will take close to 40 minutes, far less than it takes from south Mumbai to Santa Cruz airport.

Two major railway links are planned between the existing Santa Cruz airport and the new Panvel (Navi Mumbai) airport through a metro—being built by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)—and a new ring rail network linking Panvel to Vashi.

A hovercraft is also proposed linking Navi Mumbai to south Mumbai near the Taj, which will enable covering the distance in around 45 minutes.
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