The Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) Rs 3,500 crore expansion plan is on track with the recent approval for the environmental clearance from the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Union ministry of environment and forests and climate change.
Over the period of next three years, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) will be able to accommodate more than 50 million passengers. While Navi Mumbai airport construction completion is due for 2019, CSIA will be required to cater the entire demand of Mumbai air travelling.
CSIA will also develop a new vehicle underpass below the secondary runway which will minimize the traveling time of ferry passengers between the two terminals by more than 15 minutes. Out of 300 acres expansion plan, MIAL will need 20 acres of encroached airport land which includes six acres for a taxiway from the parking apron of Terminal T2 to the main runway and 9.04 acres for another taxiway expansion. The rest 4.9 acres will be utilized for the facilities like radar, aircraft parking, aerobridge, etc.
Apart from this, MIAL has also received approval to shift the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) which, according to MIAL officials, is highly accessible from all sides; hence, the relocation can be delayed. The shifting plan will be considered at the command of security agencies after careful examination of all aspects.
The airport is also thinking to create additional holding area for aircraft ready for take-off which can allow more flights to take off.
Source: ET Realty