The green signal from the Union ministry of Environment for the airport project at Navi Mumbai has brought cheer to residents who expect that it would fuel overall development of the city.
The only alternative relief to congested Mumbai Airport was the proposed airport in Navi Mumbai but for the past many years the project was held up because of environmental clearance for its development plan. An alternative development plan was prepared by CIDCO to ensure that the project does not cause any environmental loss.
Considering all the factors Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh finally nod to the project. The news was greeted with bursting of crackers and playing of bands being played in presence of MLA Sandeep Naik, Mayor Sagar Naik, Deputy Mayor Bharat Nakhate and more than 200 residents. Sandeep Naik said, “It is expected that this airport will generate new job opportunities in the field of hospitality as the city is tuning into a focus area for the hospitality industry”.
Uma Ghosh, one of the residents says, “We had been awaiting such a project for the past many years and we had shifted from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai to receive the best of services. With the airport next door we will be able to move globally and will not have to waste two-three hours in traffic chaos to reach Mumbai airport.”
Mohan Gurnani, director, Moraj Building Concepts says, “This news has brought great cheer to real estate investors who had invested their money in big projects in and around the airport land. They are now planning to initiate their projects with high hopes”.
Ketan Patel, director, Akshar Developers says, “Now, many new projects of Housing and Hospitality will be initiated and the airport will also help Navi Mumbai turn into a financial hub in future as will also be of great benefit for the proposed Special Economic Zone in Navi Mumbai”.