ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Gautam S PatelSubscribe to Gautam S Patel

The Plane Truth

The shift of focus from a shared vision of a planned metropolitan region to development for financial profit underlies the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra's insistence on the controversial Panvel site for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. The Environmental Impact Assessment report proceeds on two a priori assumptions: that the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Santa Cruz/Sahar is incapable of future expansion or development; and that there is no other viable site. In the bargain, it concedes that the site is fraught with environmental and legal issues, but claims these to be insignificant.
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