Navi Mumbai International Airport project is a greenfield international airport that is being developed along the National Highway (NH) 4B near Panvel/Uran, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, India, under a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Government of Maharashtra, together with Mumbai International Airports Ltd (MIAL).
With an investment exceeding US$ 2.5bn, the project entails the construction of an H-shaped five-level terminal building on a total area of 523,000m². The terminal comprises two concourses, 78 contact airport positions, 29 remote aircraft positions, and more than 350 check-in counters.
It will also have three curbs, one at grade and two elevated. The first level curb will be meant for commercial vehicles, while the second and third respectively will be dedicated for arrivals and departures. IN ADDITION, the terminal will have a provision for online check-in and an integrated baggage handling system on an area of 13,290m².
The terminal building, upon completion, is expected to support a total capacity of 60 million passengers per year.
The project, in addition to the terminal building, it also includes the construction of two parallel runways each 3,700 m long, 60 m wide and 1.55km apart, a domestic and international cargo terminals spread over 33,000 m2 and 23,700 m2 piece of land respectively, a 151,000 m2 fuel farm, three aircraft hangars taxiways, an apron area, aircraft maintenance site, and long-term aircraft parking, and additional infrastructure facilities such as car parking, a power supply system and water treatment plant.
Two main access roads, i.e. Amra Marg in the west and NH 4B in the east, will provide connectivity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport.
Navi Mumbai International Airport project timeline
The Navi Mumbai International Airport project was first conceived back in November 1997. Between then and 2000, the idea to develop a single runway in the previous plan was dropped for a twin runway, the Navi Mumbai site was selected and the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) was appointed to carry out a detailed Techno-Economic Feasibility Study (TEFS) of the project. The TEFS was submitted to the State Government later in 2000 (September).
CIDCO submitted a Project Feasibility and Business Plan Report to the MoCA in February, and the project received in-principle approval from the Union Cabinet in July of the same year.
In July, the Government of Maharashtra approved the development of the Navi Mumbai International Airport project on a PPP basis and selected CIDCO as the nodal agency for its implementation.
CIDCO, in February, invited global tenders for requests for qualification (RFQ).
GVK Group‘s Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) was announced in February as the winning bidder.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in February, unveiled the foundation plaque at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project in Mumbai.
In March the same year, Navi Mumbai International Airport (P) Limited (NMIAL), the special vehicle company formed for the implementation of the project appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design the Navi Mumbai International Airport’s Terminal 1 and ATC Tower, and in August CIDCO floated a tender to select the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the project.
In August, Larsen & Toubro was awarded a contract for Phase 1 construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport.
On 11 June, the proposed design of Navi Mumbai International Airport was revealed. The design features three interconnected multi-level passenger terminals with a lotus-inspired shape. Later the same month Maharashtra State Cabinet approved Adani Airport Holdings’ (AAH) concession agreement regarding Navi Mumbai International Airport.
Adani Airports, which now has controlling interest of MIAL after acquiring 74% assets in the latter, announced plans to commence works to develop Navi Mumbai International Airport in Aug-2021, and expectations to complete financial closure for the airport development project within the next 90 days.
Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government anticipates works to develop Navi Mumbai International Airport to be completed and the airport commissioned in 2024.
The Union environment ministry formed a expert appraisal committee (EAC) that recommended a fresh environmental clearance (EC) granted to the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). The decision were made in during the last EAC meeting. The terms and conditions for the project’s nodal agency granted in 2010 by EC were retained. The modern greenfield NMIA is set to become the second major airport in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region after the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport found in Santacruz.