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Explained: Why local people want Navi Mumbai airport to be named after DB Patil, not Bal Thackeray
The Indian Express | 4 days ago
The Indian Express
4 days 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 | 1 month ago
Deccan Herald
1 month 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 | 1 month ago
Deccan Herald
1 month 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 | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 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 | 5 months ago
Times of India
5 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 | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 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 | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 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 | 6 months ago
News18
6 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 | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 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
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 7 months ago
Times of India
7 months ago

MUMBAI: Weekends continue to be the most taxing time for passengers at Mumbai airport. Passengers who arrived on international flights in the early hours of Sunday were met with long queues at the immigration counter. Airport officials attributed the crowds to festive season and said the wait time to clear immigration was about half-an-hour. Passengers who took to social media to vent their ire, however, said they had to wait for hours. Omkar Pai, a passenger, posted a video on Twitter at 3.23 am that showed the arrival hall packed with hundreds of passengers waiting in queues to clear immigration. "This is what 5 hours of queues are at the Mumbai airport. Mismanagement at its peak. Do not travel international, I repeat do not travel," he tweeted. Airport points to surge in flyers due to festivalThe Mumbai airport re sponded on Twitter that immigration counters were congested early Sunday morning due to a surge in passenger traffic following the festive season. It led to temporary delays at the immigration counters, the tweet said. “Between 1.30 am and 3.45 am, both ar- rival and departure immig- ration counters experien- ced extended queue times of up to 24 minutes,” the air- port tweeted adding that its officers were in continuous communication with the authorities concerned to clear the congestion as qu- ickly as possible while maintaining security proto- cols. The airport added that senior citizens, mothers with infants and pregnant women were cleared thro- ugh the diplomatic counters.The airport’s defence of festive season peak travel did not go down well on soci- al media. “It’s not as if it’s for the first time that we are celebrating festivals in In- dia.. You should have learnt lessons from rush on domes- tic side,” tweeted @gvips82. This isn’t the first time that the Mumbai airport has be- en in news during for wee- kend crowding this festive season. On October 8, which was a Friday, terminal 2 saw horrid scenes with massive crowds at the security coun- ters. Passengers took to so- cial media to post pictures of teeming terminal.

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 | 7 months ago
Times of India
7 months ago

MUMBAI: State tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray said Maharashtra government was considering a third airport in Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR), near Palghar. The project is in its preliminary discussion stage. He said a site was yet to be identified. “This was part of a preliminary discussion, seeing the needs of the region. However, we will initiate the process soon,” Thackeray told TOI. Officials said with Mumbai airport being used to its full potential and the delayed Navi Mumbai airport too may be insufficient to meet requirements, the state government was considering a third airport. Airline officials lauded the decision but air safety experts warned against early announcements, citing developments after the Navi Mumbai airport project was announced. “Builders lapped up land around the proposed Navi Mumbai airport and the area went into a construction frenzy,’’ said an aviation source. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) grants a no-objection certificate (NOC) for height clearance of buildings that are within a 20km radius of an airport. For instance, buildings within a 4km radius from airport centre point can be a maximum of only 45m tall (around 15 storeys). “But for Navi Mumbai airport, Cidco started granting NOCs for building heights in accordance with AAI norms only after 2012, which was decades after the airport project was announced,’’ the source said. “Some buildings to the east of the proposed airport, such as those in Khandeshwar and Kamothe that received an NOC before 2012, might be found to be too tall for structures that fall under the aircraft approach path of Navi Mumbai airport’s two parallel runways 26,’’ said the source. Before the airport is commissioned, an obstacle survey will be carried out. Some buildings may be served a notice for height reduction, but runways will have a “displaced threshold’’, that is a shorter length of runway will be deemed usable for take-offs/landings due to obstructions along the aircraft approach path. “This could lead to problems for heavy aircraft operations, and this is not how an airport should be planned,” the source said.

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