In a recent press conference, Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Minister of Civil Aviation of India, announced that the Navi Mumbai International Airport is poised to commence commercial operations by March 2025.
Completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the new airport is now expected by 31st March 2025. Navi Mumbai International Airport to operate 2 runways, 4 terminals and sustain a passenger capacity of 9 crore after completion of the planned 5 development phases
Navi Mumbai Airport Development
Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, emphasized the monumental significance of the Navi Mumbai International Airport.
This airport, with an estimated worth of Rs 18,000 crores, is set to revolutionize Mumbai’s connectivity in five distinct phases.
Project Milestones and Phases
The comprehensive development plan includes two runways, four terminals, and a staggering passenger capacity of 9 crore (90 million) upon completion of all five phases.
The project, initiated in 2018, has seen substantial progress, with 55-60% completion in both physical and financial aspects.
The first and second phases, commencing simultaneously, will witness the creation of one runway, one terminal, and a passenger capacity of two crore.
Subsequent phases (3, 4, and 5) will introduce the second runway, four terminals, and elevate the passenger capacity to an impressive nine crore.
A Vision for Multimodal Connectivity
Aligning with the Prime Minister’s vision of multimodal connectivity under the Gati Shakti Yojana, Shri, Scindia highlighted the Navi Mumbai International Airport’s integration with road, rail, and metro networks.
The airport will boast road connectivity in three directions – NH 4B (348), the Sion Panvel Highway, and through Atal Setu.
Rail connectivity will be facilitated through the Targhar Railway station, while metro lines 2D, 8, and the Navi Mumbai Pendhar Belapur Taloja metro line will link the airport to the city.
Future plans include hovercraft connectivity from Colaba and cargo connectivity from Raigad in Phase 2.
The Future of Airports
Noteworthy is the commitment to environmental sustainability, as the Navi Mumbai International Airport aims to be the first airport in the country with automated passenger movement across its 1600 hectares for ten kilometers on both the city and airside.
The first phase specifically focuses on creating a hundred percent green airport. This eco-conscious approach aligns with the government’s broader objective of doubling domestic passenger traffic to 30 crores by 2030 and establishing more than 200 airports in the next six years.
In conclusion, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri. Jyotiraditya Scindia, expressed gratitude to the State Government and CIDCO for their unwavering support in ensuring the project’s timely completion.
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