In a major boost to Mumbai Infrastructure, authorities expect to have the long-awaited Navi Mumbai International Airport fully ready by December next year.
Gautam Adani at Adani Group’s Annual General Meeting described the upcoming Greenfield Airport as a key project. He confirmed that they are on schedule with its construction, and they will complete it by December 2024.
25 years – A long gap
In 1999, the project came into light. Initially, the plan was different. But as soon as Adani Group acquired Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport from GVK Group in 2021, the plans changed.
The decision was made to execute both Phase 1 and Phase 2 together. The construction of both these phases is expected to be completed by December 2024.
With this completion, the airport will have capability to handle upto 2 Crore Passengers per year from its inception.
The authorities plan to implement the remaining 3 phases – 3, 4, and 5 by 2032.
Usage of ORAT Program
According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), ORAT stands for Operational Readiness and Airport Transition. It refers to the process of transitioning a new or redeveloped airport from initiation of construction to operation and an effective way to support the successful introduction of new airport infrastructure. This particular methodology helps to fully functionalize a wide range of airport facilities.
The implementation of ORAT requires a close collaboration between a dedicated team and airport-end users. Significant resources & on time investment is also necessary. IATA states that the larger project plan should integrate the ORAT program and safeguard it from delays in construction and commissioning.
About Navi Mumbai International Airport
A congested Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Intl Airport and growing demand from Mumbai makes perfect recipe for a new airport.
Situated in the east of Mumbai, spread across 1160 hectares, the airport will have 2 parallel runways.
The upcoming inauguration in 2024 marks a significant milestone for India’s aviation sector. The airport’s strategic location, cutting edge infrastructure, and emphasis on sustainability is good enough to transform it into a major global aviation hub.
Source & Author : Times of India (Saurabh Sinha)