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NAVI MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FATE MAYBE SEALED ON AUGUST 18

navi-mumbai-airport--2The decision on the Navi Mumbai International Airport may get closer on August 18 when the ENvironmenta Appraisal Committee meets to disucss the answers sought from CIDCO. The same was informed by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. The city may inch closer to a nod for the second airport at Navi Mumbai on August 18 when the Environment Appraisal Committee, formed to look into the green issues dogging the project, meets to discuss the answers sought from CIDCO. The committee will review three major issues raised in an assessment report submitted by IIT Bombay on June 20, said the Union minister of environment and forest Jairam Ramesh at a press conference. The minister has said that he was not stalling the development of the city but was asking for resolution on the three major environmental problems that could arise due to the airport project. The most serious is the diversion of two rivers, followed by the loss of 400 acres of mangrove cover, and blasting of island up to 80 meters above sea level. Villages in the area will be submerged if waters of both rivers are diverted. EAC had sought answers to these issues from CIDCO a month back. The Union minister also met three members of parliament – Suresh Tawre from Bhiwandi, Anand Paranjpe from Kalyan and Baliram Jadhav from Palghar – who proposed Kalyan as the ideal location for the airport. The minister has forwarded their proposal to the EAC. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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