'40-mn passenger mark likely; sad if greenfield airport does not take off'
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CIDCO MD Sanjay Bhatia has been assigned the task of creating Mumbai's greenfield airport, which will have a capacity to cater to 60 million passengers. At an Idea Exchange moderated by Zeeshan Shaikh, Bhatia speaks on the balancing act of ensuring that the ambitious project gets underway and at the same time persuading 5,000 families to part with their ancestral land for the project
In 1986, a committee headed by the pioneer of Indian aviation, J R D Tata, suggested that a second airport be constructed in the city to manage the high volume of air traffic. By 2031, Mumbai is expected to see 91 million passengers use the airport — more than double the capacity of an expanded refurbished old airport in Andheri, which has the capacity to cater to only 40 million passengers.
P Vaidyanathan Iyer: With land being a restricted resource and public not being informed about land being opened up for development work, do you find it difficult when a select audience, say political leadership or bureaucrats, acquires large tracts of land at the expense of genuine people?
Now, we have a system in CIDCO where no plot can be allotted without giving out an advertisement. So, it is open and known to public. Earlier, land allotments were being done on a first-come-first-serve basis, because we were developing a new city. Now, it is only done through advertisements. All residential and commercial plots are given through a tender system and all information is put up on the internet. There were also major issues in the functioning of the 12.5 per cent scheme, where we gave land to project-affected persons (PAPs). The entire operation had become a den of agents. To stop this, we have been conducting village-wise allotment under the 12.5 per cent scheme and putting up this information on the internet. We have prepared a transparent plan and have been even putting up the agenda notes of our board meetings on display.