PART IV: THE AIRWAYS: UPGRADES IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE

INTRODUCTION

Our last part to the series “Mumbai 2.0- Upgrades in the Infrastructure” talks about the airways as one of the most important pillars of connectivity and infrastructure.

The megapolis of Mumbai houses one of the busiest airports in the country. Owning Its name as the second busiest airport in the country in terms of total and international passenger traffic, and  the 14th busiest airport in Asia and 29th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic in calendar year 2017, The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport  handles over 47.2 million passengers. Its passenger traffic was about 48.5 million in fiscal year 2017-18. The airport is the second busiest in the country in terms of cargo traffic also. In March 2017, the airport overtook London's Gatwick Airport as the world's busiest airport with only one operational runway at a time.

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport (CSIA) has also won the Airport Service Quality Award (ASQ) 2017 for the best passenger service in the highest category of over 40 million passengers per annum.

Source: Wikipedia.

There has been a 128% increase in the passenger handling capacity at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) since it was taken over by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) in 2006-07.

On January 20, 2018 Mumbai airport created a new world record for single-runway operations by handling 980 arrivals and take-offs in 24 hours or almost one flight every minute

 

The Aerial Route:                                             

The construction of the Navi Mumbai International airport has been divided into four phases, where the first phase is slated to be operational by March 2020, thereby giving a significant boost to the real estate market in the neighbourhood. Not only this, but the new airport will reduce the congestion on the existing airport alongside creating multiple jobs opportunities which in turn will mean people migrating from other parts of Mumbai to boost the real estate of the surrounding areas.

As and when people will start populating the area, considering the law of demand and supply, social amenities should also start spurring. These welcome changes will provide a better and an efficient lifestyle to the residents of Navi Mumbai.

Mumbai International Airport Ltd, the GVK-led consortium building the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA), is enhancing the contours of the project, doubling its initial yearly passenger handling capacity to 20 million and increasing the final capacity by 50% to 90 million.  According to a recent report, the Navi Mumbai airport will ultimately have three terminals, and it will at any time be able to handle 120 parked, landing and taxiing planes once the total airport project is completed.

In an exciting move to proceed ahead with the development of Navi Mumbai Airport, CIDCO has completed 60% of the land filing for the phase I of the project. The first phase would include a southern runway and terminal building.

Source: Indian express.

Getting to the proposed Navi Mumbai airport from the island city could just take 13 minutes if the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) manages to build the waterway connection from the New Eastern Waterfront, according to the Union minister Nitin Gadkari.                                                                                  – The Hindustan Times.

Source: Times Of India.   

Mumbai is also home to the Juhu Aerodrome which is used by small General Aviation aircraft and helicopters. Founded in 1928 as India's first civil aviation airport, Juhu served as the city's primary airport during and up to World War II. Currently the Juhu Aerodrome handles all helicopter operations out of Mumbai. It also hosts the Bombay Flying Club and several executive and light aircraft and gliders.

The famous Bombay Flying Club is based at the western end of Juhu aerodrome which is approximately at the center of the Mumbai City. It is the birth place of aviation in India since 1928.This prestigious institute has played a leading role in the history of aviation, In India. The Bombay Flying Club has unique distinction of being the only flying club in the world, which under took the cross-country International flight from Bombay to Landon & back with four tiger Moths participating in it, in 1930s. It is renowned for its professionalism. It has trained air crew who are now working as captains & engineers for domestic & international airlines.

 

 

The Positive Influence:

Here is a brief snapshot of how infrastructure development has its influence on your overall living.

1. Improved Accessibility

2. Employment Generation

3. Decongestion of the existing airport.

4. Increased volume of trade

5. Development in all aspects of life.

If you are looking to buy real estate, these are some important parameters to consider before making the decision.

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