MUMBAI: Mumbai's air gridlock may start easing in the next four years. The Centre on Thursday said the Navi Mumbai International Airport, which is to act as the aerial bypass to the choked-to-capacity Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, may start operations by December 2019.
Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha told Lok Sabha , "Selection of concessionaire on public-private partnership basis shall be finalized by December. All major clearances have been obtained, 160 hectares have been acquired... Phase-I of aircraft operations with capacity to handle 10 million passengers per annum is expected to commence by December 2019."
Cidco, the agency overseeing the project, expects construction work to begin on the site by the end of next monsoon or in a little over 13 months. Cidco VC and MD BhushanGagrani toldTOI that the agency was working in three areas simultaneously so that the late-2019 target could be met. "The request for quotation work is over. We have issued financial bids to the three shortlisted companies (led by Tatas, GVK and GMR). By September-end, we should be ready with the concessionaire."