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Instability of last few years discouraged investors, says Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PUNE: Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, in a speech to industrialists of the region at a Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (MCCIA) event, indirectly criticised the former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for "discouraging" investment in the state, while commenting on the move of the upcoming Vedanta-Foxconn project to Gujarat. "The project was never in Maharashtra, but it should have come to Maharashtra. There were two-and-a-half years of instability in the state, caused by incidents like the state home minister being in jail, a former police commissioner absconding, and more, all of which did not make investors want to come here. Our government is focusing on attracting investment now - our state has the culture of industry and ecosystem for industries to grow," Fadnavis said. Fadnavis also spoke about infrastructural needs of the city, such as the ring road and the airport, adding that the operationalisation of Navi Mumbai airport will bring some relief to residents of Pune. He also promised to crack down on 'fake' mathadi workers' unions, as well as improve on connectivity issues in MIDCs, adding that the Union government is working on widening roads in those areas.

Instability of last few years discouraged investors, says Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
  • ‘Instability of last few yrs discouraged investors’
  • Times of India

    Pune: Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, in a speech to industrialists of the region at a Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (MCCIA) event, indirectly criticised the former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for “discouraging” investment in the state, while commenting on the move of the upcoming Vedanta-Foxconn project to Gujarat. “The project was never in Maharashtra, but it should have come to Maharashtra. There were two-and-a-half years of instability in the state, caused by incidents like the state home minister being in jail, a former police commissioner absconding, and more, all of which did not make investors want to come here. Our government is focusing on attracting investment now — our state has the culture of industry and ecosystem for industries to grow,” Fadnavis said. Fadnavis also spoke about infrastructural needs of the city, such as the ring road and the airport, adding that the operationalisation of Navi Mumbai airport will bring some relief to residents of Pune. He also promised to crack down on ‘fake’ mathadi workers’ unions, as well as improve on connectivity issues in MIDCs, adding that the Union government is working on widening roads in those areas.

Mumbai airport sees record 1.30 lakh flyers
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI: Mumbai airport witnessed a record passenger movement of over 1.30 lakh on September 17, the highest volume of flyers it has handled in a day since the pandemic began disrupting air travel in March 2020. Pre-pandemic, the highest per day passenger volume handled by the Mumbai airport was 1.56 lakh, said Mumbai International Airport ltd (MIAL). The current growth in passenger traffic is a result of new destinations and increase in airline capacity, MIAL said. Since it also signals the beginning of festive season travel, airlines expect busier weekends in the coming months. "Close to 95,080 passengers travelled through Terminal 2 (T2) and 35,294 through Terminal 1 (T1) with 839 total flight movements on this day," said MIAL. Adding to the weekend rush, on September 18, Mumbai airport again witnessed over 1.3 lakh passengers, of which over 98,000 travelled domestically while around 32,000 passengers flew on international routes. Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai were the top three domestic destinations while Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore remained the top three international routes with maximum air traffic. IndiGo, Vistara and Go First were the top three airlines that catered to the highest passenger traffic on domestic routes. On the international front, the top three were IndiGo, Air India, and Emirates. After seeing the worst decline in passenger volumes in 2020-2021 due to curtailed flight schedule enforced by both the union and state government, the Mumbai airport, between April 2021 and March 2022, handled over 2 crore passengers registering the highest passenger traffic growth of 97% year-on-year in the country, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) data. According to rating agency ICRA, the domestic aviation industry continues to witness recovery. Across India, airlines' capacity deployment in August 2022 was about 37% higher than August 2021. However, it was lower by about 10% than the pre-Covid levels. India's domestic passenger traffic for August 2022 is estimated to be at about 102 lakh, which is about 5% higher compared to 97 lakh in July 2022. But it's about 14% lower compared to pre-Covid levels, that is, August 2019.

Mumbai airport sees record 1.30 lakh flyers
Navi Mumbai: Month after new airport height curbs eased, 104 buildings get NOC
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

MUMBAI: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday told the Bombay high court it has given permission to 104 buildings to rise beyond 55.1m around the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport. The July 22 decision to relax curbs and allow buildings to rise till 160.1m taken at a meeting of the civil aviation ministry, Cidco, DGCA and the Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited was brought to the attention of the court on August 25 by advocate Yeshwanth Shenoy during a hearing of his PIL on danger posed to aircraft from highrises around Mumbai airport. Noting that Shenoy had not challenged the decision, the judges asked him to file an affidavit stating how the decision is in violation of statutes. "Why is the decision bad? Why should the court interfere with it? All your contentions must be supported by statutes," said a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand Karnik. The CJ added: "We are concerned with statutory violations. If there is a breach, we have to remedy it." In reply to questions from the bench, the AAI said it had received 123 applications for higher building height than 55.1m but they were kept pending temporarily, subject to finalisation of some issues such as revised shifting of surveillance equipment. Most of the issues were resolved, especially the shifting of surveillance equipment in the meeting held on July 22, 2022, it said, adding it had issued NOCs to 104 applicants and 19 applications are pending. Shenoy had previously argued that the new airport's runway threshold (the touchdown point on a runway) is also displaced. Referring to it and stressing that the court is concerned about safety, Justice Karnik asked: "We would like to know how do you (AAI) displace the runway threshold and grant NOC even before a greenfield airport is ready?" The CJ added: "What is striking is this: we thought the airport would come up first. Constructions (of building) have come up. It should be the other way around." Cidco's advocate G S Hegde said there is a formula to determine the height that can be permitted in an area around an airport. He explained that there is a general airport elevation of 45m and 10.1m for runway elevation of Navi Mumbai airport. "So 55.1m is allowed within a 4-km radius of the airport. It does not come in the funnel. All safeguards are followed," he added. It means buildings out of the 4-km radius can be taller. Regarding demolition of obstacles identified near Mumbai airport, MIAL's advocate Vikram Nankani said it, along with the suburban collector, will "sort out" the issue of 15 obstacles the collector had said was difficult to demolish. He said huts identified in a 2010 survey have changed in dimension. "Between huts and highrises, why do you target hutment dwellers?'' asked the CJ, adding that highrises pose more danger.

Navi Mumbai: Month after new airport height curbs eased, 104 buildings get NOC
Mumbai: ‘Meet in 2 months for building rehabilitation near airport’
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

MUMBAI: Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that a meeting will be held in the next two months to resolve the issues involving the rehabilitation of buildings impacted by the radar, funnel area and expansion of Mumbai airport and the Airports Authority of India."On the slum, around 50,000 people have to be resettled for the expansion of the airport. The BMC had given height restrictions, but that given in a later survey was different and these buildings were affected. The radar has also caused a pause in redevelopment," Fadnavis said.

Mumbai: ‘Meet in 2 months for building rehabilitation near airport’
  • Pune: ‘Finish pending work before flyover launch’
  • Times of India

    PUNE: Residents of Sus and Sus-Pashan Road have demanded that the civic administration complete the work of service and approach roads near the Sus-Pashan flyover before inaugurating the facility. The flyover will meet the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass at Sus. The work is in the last stages and flyover is likely to be ready in the next few days. The residents said that the work of service roads was still incomplete, which could lead to traffic chaos. They staged a protest to draw attention of the local political representatives and civic administration. Deepak Mohite, a regular traveller, said that all work, including of approaches and service roads should be completed together. "The sharp turns should be eliminated to avoid chances of accidents and bunching of vehicles. The authorities should take note of the demands of residents and initiate necessary action at the earliest," he said. Ramesh Thakar, another resident, said that the civic authorities should conduct a site visit. "The PMC limits have been extended up to Sus. Daily movement of vehicles between Pashan and Sus has increased significantly. We expect respite from traffic chaos," he said. R S Mehta, who travels regularly to Sus, said, "The Pune Municipal Corporation should ensure that all the approaches and services roads are developed properly so that people using them do not suffer. The administration should take into account the safety and convenience of local residents as well as regular travellers. There is also a need to complete the work without any delays." Ganesh Kalamkar, a local BJP leader, said, "The issues have been discussed with local residents. To ensure that the work is done, we have approached various departments of the Pune Municipal Corporation. We have urged the authorities to check land requirement and make necessary provision for the same. A meeting will be held with officials, if necessary, to work out a solution to the problem." The facility is expected to ease traffic movement in the area, besides the ramps will provide direct connection to Katraj-Dehu Road bypass. The facility will strengthen connectivity towards Hinjewadi as travellers would be able to cross the bypass without any problem.

HC directs collector to remove 48 structures near Mumbai airport for flouting height norms
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Mumbai suburban district collector to remove 48 structures, such as unauthorised portions of buildings, that pose obstacles on the approach surfaces of Mumbai airport’s runways and flout height norms.The court asked the collector to comply with the orders of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and heldthe collector responsible for not demolishing such unauthorised structures. The collector was asked to file an affidavit by August 19 listing out steps to be taken to raze the 48 structures.A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand S Karnik passed an order while hearing a public-interest petition filed by advocate Yeshwanth Shenoy in 2019 stating that the structures around Mumbai airport posed a threat to the take-off and landing of flights.Earlier this week, the Mumbai International Airport Limited told the court that a 2021-22 survey to identify the obstacles was underway, adding that it had reported the obstacles to the DGCA. The DGCA, after hearing the buildings’ owners, had passed demolition orders and forwarded them to the collector, the court was told.The court had also said that unauthorised structures not protected by any stay order should be demolished.On Friday, the bench noted that the airport filed an affidavit on July 8 stating that as per surveys of 2010, 137 obstacles on the approach surfaces of the all runways of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were reported to the DGCA. It added that 110 notices were issued under The Aircraft (Demolition of obstructions caused by Buildings and Trees etc.) Rules 1994.The airport further said that in May and June 2017, final orders were passed on 63 structures, of which 49 obstacles were yet to be removed. Senior advocate Vikram Nankani, appearing for the airport, said that Vile Parle Mahila School had complied with the order, bringing down the number of unauthorised structures to 48.The court noted that its previous orders required the collector and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to indicate steps for demolition as per rule 8 of the 1994 Rules and that the collector had to take measures for such a demolition.Assistant government pleader Manish Pabale submitted an affidavit of July 27 of a tehsildar which showed that the collector had convened a meeting with the corporation and said the corporation was authorised to carry out demolitions under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act.However, the court objected. “An attempt to shift the responsibility is clear. We are not impressed with the affidavit. We do not approve of the collector passing on demotion to the BMC,” it said.Details of the obstacles had been furnished to the district collector through a communication dated November 3, 2017.The court clarified that the collector could seek help from the corporation or any other planning authority such as the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority etc to take action against the 48 structures.“The collector may require BMC’s help. They (BMC) have already filed an affidavit stating they are ready to help you in the demolition drive. So you can seek their help,” the court noted from the BMC affidavit filed through advocates Abhishek Khare and Kejali Mastakar.The court posted the matter to August 22 for further hearing.

HC directs collector to remove 48 structures near Mumbai airport for flouting height norms
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena slams Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis over cabinet expansion, says dispensation trapped in ‘constitutional dilemma’
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena on Monday attacked the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis dispensation in Maharashtra saying it was taking arbitrary decisions despite being trapped in a "constitutional dilemma" without a cabinet in place. Shinde and Fadnavis had taken oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister on June 30 but there has been no cabinet expansion since, even as the new government has gone about taking decisions on the metro rail carshed in Aarey, renaming of Aurangabad and Osmanabad as well as the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport, among others. The Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena insists the Shinde-Fadnavis government is illegal since the disqualification plea of rebel MLAs is pending before the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, it had also asked the governor not to administer oath to any minister as a disqualification plea was yet to be decided by the apex court. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on July 20 a batch of pleas pertaining to the recent political crisis in Maharashtra that led to the fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Dubbing Shinde and Fadnavis as "Vasu and Sapna", the lead characters of the blockbuster film 'Ek Duje Ke Like", the party in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Monday said the two-member government is an "unusual" experiment and "political family planning". "…but due to the Supreme Court resorting to a forced vasectomy, they have to face this situation (of not expanding the cabinet)," the editorial said. An iconic film of 1981 starring Kamal Hasan and Rati Agnihotri, who play Vasu and Sapna, are madly in love with each other but meet a tragic end. "There has been a chief minister and a deputy chief minister in Maharashtra over the last 15 days, but one cannot call this a government," the party said. It said over 40 MLAs were herded between Surat, Guwahati and Goa amid the rebellion, but when they came back to Mumbai, only two (Shinde and Fadnavis) took oath. It asked how this "two-pillar" government could call the Uddhav Thackeray dispensation's order to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar, Osmanabad as Dharashiv and the new Navi Mumbai airport after D B Patil as "unconstitutional". The party also slammed the Shinde government's decision to resume work on the Aarey metro rail carshed, which the Thackeray government had stalled citing environment concerns. The Eknath Shinde-led government in Maharashtra on Saturday gave cabinet approval to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad cities as Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv, respectively. The decision to rename these cities was taken by the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in its last meeting on June 29. However, the Shinde government said the decisions were illegal as they were taken after the governor had asked for a floor test in the Assembly.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena slams Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis over cabinet expansion, says dispensation trapped in ‘constitutional dilemma’
  • Maharashtra: Sena slams Shinde-Fadnavis over cabinet expansion, says dispensation trapped in ‘constitutional dilemma’
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI:The Shiv Sena on Monday attacked the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis dispensation in Maharashtra saying it was taking arbitrary decisions despite being trapped in a "constitutional dilemma" without a cabinet in place. Shinde and Fadnavis had taken oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister on June 30 but there has been no cabinet expansion since, even as the new government has gone about taking decisions on the metro rail carshed in Aarey, renaming of Aurangabad and Osmanabad as well as the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport, among others. The Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena insists the Shinde-Fadnavis government is illegal since the disqualification plea of rebel MLAs is pending before the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, it had also asked the governor not to administer oath to any minister as a disqualification plea was yet to be decided by the apex court. Dubbing Shinde and Fadnavis as "Vasu and Sapna", the lead characters of the blockbuster film 'Ek Duje Ke Like", the party in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Monday said the two-member government is an "unusual" experiment and "political family planning". "...but due to the Supreme Court resorting to a forced vasectomy, they have to face this situation (of not expanding the cabinet)," the editorial said. An iconic film of 1981 starring Kamal Hasan and Rati Agnihotri, who play Vasu and Sapna, are madly in love with each other but meet a tragic end. "There has been a chief minister and a deputy chief minister in Maharashtra over the last 15 days, but one cannot call this a government," the party said. It said over 40 MLAs were herded between Surat, Guwahati and Goa amid the rebellion, but when they came back to Mumbai, only two (Shinde and Fadnavis) took oath. It asked how this "two-pillar" government could call the Uddhav Thackeray dispensation's order to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar, Osmanabad as Dharashiv and the new Navi Mumbai airport after D B Patil as "unconstitutional". The party also slammed the Shinde government's decision to resume work on the Aarey metro rail carshed, which the Thackeray government had stalled citing environment concerns. The Eknath Shinde-led government in Maharashtra on Saturday gave cabinet approval to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad cities as Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv, respectively. The decision to rename these cities was taken by the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in its last meeting on June 29. However, the Shinde government said the decisions were illegal as they were taken after the governor had asked for a floor test in the Assembly.

Delhi Confidential: Flying Out
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

NEARLY THREE weeks ago, when AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra landed at Mumbai airport amid the political turmoil in Maharashtra, Congress communication in charge Jairam Ramesh promptly put out a tweet saying she only transited through Mumbai on way to Maldives to be with her daughter, who is completing an instructor level diving course there. The party, however, was silent on Tuesday when it became known that Rahul Gandhi has left for abroad again on a brief personal visit. Sources in the party said he has left the country and will be back on July 17, a day before the Monsoon Session of Parliament begins and voting for the Presidential elections. Incidentally, the party has convened a meeting of general secretaries, in-charges, PCC presidents and heads of frontal organisations on Thursday on the Bharat Jodo Yatra in October, which Rahul is expected to lead. UPSC Key |The Indian Express helps you prepare for the Civil Services and other competitive exams with cues on how to read and understand content.Read here

Delhi Confidential: Flying Out
  • Delhi Confidential: On The Offensive
  • The Indian Express

    THE CONGRESS appears to be in no mood to let the issue of some BJP leaders sharing a misleading video of Rahul Gandhi die down easily. The party’s leader on Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and several MPs have now written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla flagging the issue and seeking action against MPs Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Subrat Pathak and Bhola Singh. Accusing the BJP MPs of having shared the fake and distorted news on their social media accounts for the sole purpose of spreading misinformation, the Congress MPs urged the Speaker to refer the matter to the Committee on Ethics for urgent examination and action.HE MAY have decided to skip campaigning in West Bengal at the instance of the Trinamool Congress but Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s candidate for the Presidential elections, will visit Jammu and Kashmir this week. Sinha will be in Ahmedabad on Friday and he is scheduled to travel to Srinagar from there. The visit to J&K is symbolic. The Union Territory has no MLAs or Rajya Sabha MPs now. Of the five Lok Sabha MPs, three are from the National Conference, which has supported Sinha’s candidature. From Srinagar, Sinha is planning to travel to Jaipur. Incidentally, Sinha may be in Maharashtra, where the political equations have changed after the rebellion in the Shiv Sena, on the last day of his campaigning on July 17.THE OPPOSITION parties are set to meet on July 13 or 14 to decide on their nominee for the Vice-Presidential elections. However, the Trinamool Congress does not appear keen to take the lead this time. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh are said to be coordinating with other parties for convening the meeting. The Opposition suffered a setback after the BSP, Akali Dal and the JD(S) decided to support the NDA nominee in the Presidential polls. The JMM too would support Droupadi Murmu. But, opposition sources say, the AAP will support Sinha and an announcement will be made 2 or 3 days before the election day.

Explained: Why local people want Navi Mumbai airport to be named after DB Patil, not Bal Thackeray
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

Thousands of protesters were marching to the CIDCO headquarters in Belapur, Navi Mumbai, on Friday (June 24) to press their demand to name the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport after local hero D B Patil.The Navi Mumbai International Airport, said to be one of the largest greenfield airport projects in the world, is being built in Panvel. The airport, which is aimed at easing congestion at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, is proposed to be named after Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray.The protestsLarge protests have been continuing sporadically for almost a year now in Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Thane, and Palghar districts against a proposal to name the Navi Mumbai airport after Thackeray.In December 2020, Maharashtra Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde — the leader of the ongoing rebellion against Shiv Sena boss and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray — had written to the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) asking it to propose that the airport be named after Bal Thackeray. CIDCO followed through on Shinde’s letter.According to local people however, political leaders had, from the very beginning, agreed that the airport would be named after D B Patil — and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was aware of this. And yet, the government had, suddenly and without consulting local people, decided to name the airport after Thackeray, they say.The Navi Mumbai Airport All Party Action Committee, a group formed by the protesters, has threatened to stall work on the greenfield airport, if their demand is not met.D B PatilDinkar Balu Patil, also known as D B Patil, was born in Jasai, a village in the Uran taluka of Raigad district. He was associated with the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP).Born into a farmer’s family, Patil did his LLB in 1951 and, a year later, won an election to the Kolaba district local board. He then represented Panvel in the Maharashtra Assembly for five terms between 1957 and 1980.He was also the MP from Kolaba in 1977 and 1984, as well as a member of the Legislative Council in 1992. He was Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly from 1972 to 1977, and then again in 1982-83.He was arrested during the Emergency in 1975.In high regardPatil led several protests for farmers and land owners in Panvel district when CIDCO acquired land in the area in the 1970s and 1980s. During a massive protest in 1984, four farmers were killed, which eventually forced the state government to bring in the 12.5 per cent developed land scheme for local farmers, which is now applicable across the state.Patil fought for the villagers of the Uran area when their land was acquired for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), and led the protest even while he was in an ambulance at the age of 86. Patil died in 2012 at the age of 87.“Whenever there was an issue that troubled farmers, workers, or landowners, Patil would lead the protest for their welfare and fight for them. It is because of him that thousands of land owners and farmers got justice and their rights. The welfare of the people was uppermost on his mind,” Dashrath Patil, president of the Navi Mumbai Airport All Party Action Committee, had told The Indian Express in August last year.“He sacrificed his life fighting for the rights of land owners, workers, farmers, and other communities in the region. It is important that the airport project should be dedicated to the leader who has worked on the land where the airport is being built now,” he said.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxApart from farmers and landowners, Patil also fought for the rights of OBCs.Prashant Thakur, the BJP MLA from Panvel, told The Indian Express: “So far no major project in Navi Mumbai or Raigad district has been dedicated to the late D B Patil who fought all his life for the welfare of the farmers of the region where the airport is being built.“Balasaheb Thackeray’s name has already been given to the Sammrudhi Highway and hence it would be appropriate that the airport is named after Patil. The government should not ignore the demands of the locals.”

Explained: Why local people want Navi Mumbai airport to be named after DB Patil, not Bal Thackeray
Air India plane makes emergency landing in Mumbai
Deccan Herald | 4 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
4 months ago | |

An A320neo plane of Tata Group-run Air India returned to the Mumbai airport just 27 minutes after take off as one of its engines shut down mid-air due to a technical issue, sources said on Friday.Air India spokesperson said the passengers were flown to the destination Bengaluru after a change of aircraft on Thursday.Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation is conducting an investigation into this incident, sources said. The A320neo planes of Air India have CFM's Leap engines on them.The pilots of the A320neo plane received a warning about high exhaust gas temperatures on one of the engines just minutes after the aircraft's departure from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 9.43 AM.With that engine being shut down, the pilot landed back at the Mumbai airport at 10.10 AM, sources said.When asked about the incident, Air India spokesperson said: "Air India accords top priority to safety and our crew are well adept at handling these situations. Our Engineering and Maintenance teams had immediately started looking into the issue.""The scheduled flight had left with passengers to Bengaluru after a change of aircraft," the spokesperson added.

Air India plane makes emergency landing in Mumbai
  • Air India plane's engine shuts down mid-air, makes emergency landing at Mumbai airport
  • Deccan Herald

    An A320neo plane of Tata Group-run Air India returned to the Mumbai airport just 27 minutes after take off as one of its engines shut down mid-air due to a technical issue, sources said on Friday.Air India spokesperson said the passengers were flown to the destination Bengaluru after a change of aircraft on Thursday.Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation is conducting an investigation into this incident, sources said. The A320neo planes of Air India have CFM's Leap engines on them.The pilots of the A320neo plane received a warning about high exhaust gas temperatures on one of the engines just minutes after the aircraft's departure from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 9.43 AM.With that engine being shut down, the pilot landed back at the Mumbai airport at 10.10 AM, sources said.When asked about the incident, Air India spokesperson said: "Air India accords top priority to safety and our crew are well adept at handling these situations. Our Engineering and Maintenance teams had immediately started looking into the issue.""The scheduled flight had left with passengers to Bengaluru after a change of aircraft," the spokesperson added.

Satellite airport being planned in Palghar
Deccan Herald | 4 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
4 months ago | |

A satellite airport for Mumbai in the neighbouring Palghar district is being planned which would cater to the emerging air traffic needs in India’s financial capital.The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the second busiest airport in the country after the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, can handle over 900 flights per day.The Palghar district is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).Giving a significant push to the proposed airport, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked officials to speed up the project.The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the Palghar district administration have been asked to work on the project.It may be mentioned that work is underway in full swing at the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) which is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2023.At the meeting in which state Transport Minister Anil Parab and top officials, including Chief Secretary Manu Kumar Srivastava and MADC Managing Director Deepak Kapoor, were present, Thackeray discussed the project and asked it to be taken ahead.“In future, there will be a lot of traffic on the Mumbai and the Navi Mumbai airports and another airport is needed. And hence, planning has to start from now and Palghar is the most suitable site,” officials said.As of now, there are restrictions on airports coming up within 150 nautical miles of an existing one, but in the past exceptions were made for the Navi Mumbai and Jewar Airport near Delhi.The Palghar district spread across 4,69,699 hectares of the total geographical area has a total of 1,007 villages and 467 gram panchayats. The Vasai-Virar urban conglomeration is part of the Palghar district, which is part of the far Western line suburbs of Mumbai.On the east side of the district, there is Thane and Nashik, on the west, there is the Arabian sea, on the south side, Mumbai, Thane and on the north side Valsad (Gujarat), Dadara and Nagar Haveli. Palghar has a coastline of 112 km. Palghar is adorned with the natural beauty of Arabian Sea beaches on the west and Sahyadri Hills on the east which are tourist attractions. The district has several industrial areas.

Satellite airport being planned in Palghar
First batch of mangoes sent to US from Nashik
Times of India | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months ago | |

Nashik: The first batch of mangoes processed at the Lasalgaon irradiation plant was exported to the USA on Tuesday.The mangoes are being processed at Lasalgaon under the supervision of quarantine inspectors from the USA. As per the norms, irradiation of mangoes is mandatory before exporting them to the USA.India could not export mangoes to the USA for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic. But the export has started again after the 2019 mango season.A Mumbai-based exporter processed 3 metric tonne of Alphonso and Kesar varieties of the mangoes at the Lasalgaon. After processing, the consignment of mangoes was sent by road to Mumbai airport and then exported to the USA by air.The officials at the Lasalgaon plant said they have started processing mangoes from Monday. “This year, we have plans to process around 680 metric tonne of mangoes,” they added.The country had exported 1,300 metric tonne of mangoes in 2019, which were irradiated at Lasalgaon and Mumbai irradiation centres. Of which, 680 metric tonne were processed at Lasalgaon and the remaining 620 metric tonne at the Vashi plant. The Lasalgaon irradiation plant is owned by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), while the irradiation facility at Vashi is owned by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB).

First batch of mangoes sent to US from Nashik
  • Mango export to US to resume after 2 yrs
  • Times of India

    Nashik: Mango export to the US from the irradiation plant of Lasalgaon in this north Maharashtra district is set to begin from April 15 after a gap of two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Quarantine inspectors from the USA have arrived at the Lasalgaon irradiation plant and the processing of mangoes meant for export to the USA will begin under their supervision. As per norms, irradiation of mangoes is mandatory before exporting to the USA. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had imposed restrictions on international travel for the past two years because of which the quarantine inspectors could not come to India. Recently, USDA gave its approval for mangoes to be brought after processing.Officials at Lasalgaon said the processing of mangoes is expected to begin from next week. They are expecting to process around 600 metric tonne (MT) mangoes this season.Maharashtra houses two irradiation centres – Lasalgaon in Nashik and Vashi in Mumbai, where the irradiation process of mangoes takes place.While the Lasalgaon irradiation plant is owned by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the irradiation facility at Vashi is owned by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board.The country had exported 1,300 metric tonne mangoes in 2019. Of these, 680 MT were processed at Lasalgaon and remaining 620 MT at Vashi plant.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

MUMBAI: Mumbai airport continued to stay ahead of Bengaluru’s to retain its rank as the second busiest in the country after Delhi in 2021. Between January and December, Mumbai airport handled 1.9 crore passengers on about 1.6 lakh flights while the one at Bengaluru followed with 1.6 crore passengers on 1.5 lakh flights, according to data shared independently by the two airports. Of the around 2 crore passengers who arrived in or departed from Mumbai last year, approximately 88% or 1.7 crore were domestic flyers across 1.4 lakh flights, said Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL). Bengaluru airport handled 1.5 crore domestic passengers. After the second Covid wave in April- May 2021, recovery in domestic air travel saw Mumbai airport register an over 117% increase in traffic in July-December with around 10.9 million passengers as against around 5 million in the same period in 2020, said MIAL. International passenger traffic continued to be severely hit in 2021 as well. While Mumbai airport handled 24 lakh international passengers, Bengaluru handled just 9 lakh. For Mumbai airport, the last three quarters of calendar year (CY) 2021 cumulatively witnessed around 19 lakh international passengers, which is approximately 174% more than that of 2020 when over 7 lakh footfalls were registered, it added. Year-end travel saw both Mumbai and Bengaluru airports register the highest per day passenger footfall in December. Mumbai’s highest recorded single-day volume was 1 lakh, highest since March 2020 when pandemic struck. For Bengaluru, the highest per day volume was 82,000. “Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru continued to retain the spot as the top three domestic destinations from Mumbai... Middle-eastern destinations Dubai, Doha, Sharjah were the top three international destinations out of Mumbai in CY 2021,” said MIAL.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 9 months ago | |
Times of India
9 months ago | |

MUMBAI: Yet another mismatch between Central and Maharashtra government rules has led to fresh confusion among arriving passengers, leaving international ones in a tizzy this time. The Centre has mandated that from Monday (December 20), people flying from ‘atrisk’ countries to the six metros need to pre-book their onarrival RT-PCR test. But the Air Suvidha portal home page has a passenger advisory that asks “all” international arrivals in Mumbai—and not just those from at-risk countries—to pre-book the test. System error on portal, it shows old advisory: MaharashtraWhile Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said information on the Air Suvidha portal asking “all” international arrivals in Mumbai — and not just those from at-risk countries — to pre-book the RT-PCR test “is not correct”, Delhi Airport operator (DIAL), which maintains the portal, cited a “latest advisory” from Maharashtra for it. The state advisory says not just at-risk arrivals, but “passengers from any other country… will have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test at the (Mumbai) airport on arrival.” State government officials said this is a “system error.” The web portal is still reflecting an old order, which has been revised and most of these requirements have been done away with, said an official. The Maharashtra government on November 30 issued an order seeking all international travellers to take an RT-PCR test on arrival and also required fully vaccinated domestic travelers to carry an RT-PCR negative report. However, after a snub from the Centre, the state issued revised guidelines on December 2 doing away with these conditions. A MIAL spokesperson said they have written to DIAL to remove the line specific to Mumbai as the Union health ministry requires only those coming from ‘at-risk’ countries or those who have been to ‘at-risk’ countries in 14 days before coming to India to pre-book on-arrival test. “(There is) incorrect information on Air Suvidha (about all international arrivals requiring to pre-book the test) regarding Mumbai airport. We are writing to those managing the portal. Only passengers arriving from at-risk countries or those who have travelled in the last 14 days to these countries are required to pre book their test,” said a Mumbai airport spokesperson. The passenger advisory that pops up on the portal’s home page says: “As per latest government guidelines, it is mandatory for passengers arriving from at-risk countries in six metro cities—Mumbai (All international passengers arriving in Mumbai), Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad to pre-book their Covid-19 test from December 20, 2021, onwards.” Delhi airport sources cited the Maharshtra advisory which said, “International passengers arriving from at risk countries shall have to undergo mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine and RT-PCR test to be carried out on days 2, 4 and 7 for these passengers. If any is found to be positive, the passenger shall be shifted to a hospital. In case of all tests coming negative, the passenger will have to undergo a further 7 days of home quarantine. Passengers from any other countries except the at risk countries will have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test at the airport on arrival.” Given the constantly changing rules in states, the Air Suvidha portal late on Monday carried an advisory, asking passengers “to check latest guidelines from the state APHO (airport health officers) or the airlines concerned before starting their journey.”

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 9 months ago | |
Times of India
9 months ago | |

NEW DELHI: An IndiGo loader fell asleep in the cargo hold of an aircraft at Mumbai Airport on December 12 that was being prepared for a flight to Abu Dhabi. The aircraft took off with the loader in the pressurised cargo hold and he was found—safe—on arrival in the UAE. He was sent back on the return flight of the aircraft. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing this lapse and some IndiGo personnel have been taken off duty pending the investigation. “On December 12, an IndiGo A320 aircraft was to operate as 6E-1835 from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi. After baggage loading was completed, one of the loaders relaxed in baggage compartment 1 and fell asleep behind the baggage. The cargo door was closed after the hold staff had marked the head count,” said a senior official, probing this lapse. “The loader woke up as the aircraft took off from Mumbai. It was detected at Abu Dhabi and medical examination of this loader was conducted by Abu Dhabi authorities. His physical condition was stable and normal. After getting the requisite clearances from the local authorities, he was sent back as a passenger to Mumbai on return flight,” the official added. Comments from IndiGo were awaited till the time of going to press.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
News18 | 9 months ago | |
News18
9 months ago | |

Amid the Omicron scare, passengers leave the arrivals section at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.(Image: Punit PARANJPE/AFP)Adani group-owned Mumbai airport on Wednesday said it is working with testing labs and other partners to explore the possibility of further lowering the charges for rapid RT-PCR test. This comes a day after the Maharashtra government reportedly raised with the central government the issue of high charges for coronavirus testing at the airport.The private airport operator had on December 4 announced reducing the rates for rapid RT-PCR test at its facility to Rs 3,900, from Rs 4,500 earlier. A normal RT-PCR test costs a passenger Rs 600.However, according to reports, the state government in a letter to the additional secretary in the Union health ministry earlier this week said that though the operator has agreed to bring down the charges for the rapid RT-PCR test, they were still "very high" compared to the rates being charged by other airports such as Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi. "We are aware of the queries and are working with the test laboratories and other partners to see whether we can further bring down the cost of the Rapid PCR test, wherever possible," a Mumbai airport spokesperson said in a statement in response to a query by PTI on the issue.Currently, three testing labs – Lifeinity, Suburban Diagnostics and Acu-MD (Mylabs) – are carrying out RT-PCR tests for international arrivals.RELATED NEWSVijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22: Ton-up Ruturaj Gaikwad Stars in Maharashtra's High-scoring Successful ChaseCM Uddhav Thackeray Orders Speedy Vaccination in Maharashtra Amid Omicron Concerns The airport operator had on December 1 said that in addition to normal RT-PCR, 30 rapid RT-PCR machines are available for the passengers having onward flights with short connecting time.Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here. Adani group-owned Mumbai airport on Wednesday said it is working with testing labs and other partners to explore the possibility of further lowering the charges for rapid RT-PCR test. This comes a day after the Maharashtra government reportedly raised with the central government the issue of high charges for coronavirus testing at the airport.The private airport operator had on December 4 announced reducing the rates for rapid RT-PCR test at its facility to Rs 3,900, from Rs 4,500 earlier. A normal RT-PCR test costs a passenger Rs 600.However, according to reports, the state government in a letter to the additional secretary in the Union health ministry earlier this week said that though the operator has agreed to bring down the charges for the rapid RT-PCR test, they were still "very high" compared to the rates being charged by other airports such as Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi. "We are aware of the queries and are working with the test laboratories and other partners to see whether we can further bring down the cost of the Rapid PCR test, wherever possible," a Mumbai airport spokesperson said in a statement in response to a query by PTI on the issue.Currently, three testing labs – Lifeinity, Suburban Diagnostics and Acu-MD (Mylabs) – are carrying out RT-PCR tests for international arrivals.Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22: Ton-up Ruturaj Gaikwad Stars in Maharashtra's High-scoring Successful ChaseCM Uddhav Thackeray Orders Speedy Vaccination in Maharashtra Amid Omicron ConcernsThe airport operator had on December 1 said that in addition to normal RT-PCR, 30 rapid RT-PCR machines are available for the passengers having onward flights with short connecting time.Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

MUMBAI: Based on the countries they have flown in from, passengers arriving at Mumbai airport are now segregated for further testing, keeping in line with the latest central government norms issued to track the Omicron variant. The good news for passengers who need to undergo a Rapid RT-PCR is that the airport has reduced the rate of this test from Rs 4500 to Rs 3900. The new rates came into effect on Saturday. On Friday, a total of 6732 international passengers landed at the Mumbai airport. Out of this 969 international arrival passengers underwent RT-PCR test of which 214 passengers took the standard RT-PCR test and 755 passengers opted for Rapid PCR test, said MIAL. Passengers arriving from countries identified by the government as ‘at-risk such as those in Europe including the United Kingdom and then South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Brazil, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel are deboarded on priority to undergo a PCR test on arrival, said MIAL Dedicated corridors and counters have been created for these passengers, said the airport “The passengers are required to wait for their test results before leaving or taking a connecting flight,” said MIAL. But those arriving from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe or passengers who have visited any of these 3 countries in the last 15 days before arrival in Maharashtra have to undergo a mandatory week-long hotel quarantine after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport. A second test needs to be done at the end of the quarantine period. If tested negative, they can leave but have to undergo another week of home quarantine. Travellers from countries excluding those at risk are allowed to leave the airport. Under the norms, they need to self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post-arrival. But a small percentage (2% of the total flight passengers) of these are required to undergo RT-PCR test post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival. “The 2% of such travellers in each flight are identified by the airlines concerned (preferably passengers from different countries). Such travellers are escorted by the airline to the RT-PCR testing area on arrival,” said MIAL. “Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre-and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for Covid on arrival, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol,” said MIAL. MIAL said it has set up 100 registration counters and 60 sampling booths including 100 Rapid PCR machines. If any of the PCR tests are positive, the BMC or state authorities move the passenger concerned to a Covid treatment facility. The samples of such passengers are also collected for genomic sequencing.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम