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CIDCO to study air and water quality near the Navi Mumbai Airport

CIDCO has floated a tender to appoint a consultant for studying the air and water quality near the upcoming Navi Mumbai international airport (NMIA).

The consultant will collect samples, test them and prepare periodic reports that will be submitted to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change for compliance to green norms that is required for the infra project’s clearances.

“We needed a consultant as the previous one’s term has ended. The consultant needs to be certified by National Accredited Board of Laboratories and MoEF,” said a CIDCO official.

The samples will be tested in its laboratories and forwarded at least twice a year.

“Once the operator takes over the project it will be the new company’s task to prepare the report.” A spokesperson of MIAL, which will also operate NMIA, confirmed that they do submit reports to the MoEF.

 Meanwhile, there are two rivers near NMIA—Ulwe and Gadhi. Cidco said the samples for chemical and biological oxygen demand will be tested to preserve the area’s ecology. Moreover, the air parameters of small and big particulate matters (PM 2.5 and PM 10) along with others like sulpur and oxides of nitrogen will be measured too.

The particulate matters are studied to understand the air quality for visibility and the water quality is tested to determine the corrosive aspect of material that will be drained from the airport into the nearby water bodies. This is also essential to keep the airport tarmac safe from pollutants.

 It might be recalled that an Air Sahara aircraft skidded on the Mumbai airport due to tar, chemicals and lubricant overflowing from nearby commercial centres in Kurla during the 2005 flooding. Toxic chemicals can corrode and damage structures like drains connected to nearby water bodies like Mithi river in the case of Mumbai airport.



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