Navi Mumbai Airport : Timeline

Nov 1997 : The Centre starts studying the need for a second international airport for Mumbai Oct 2000 : State tells the Union civil aviation ministry that the airport should come up in Navi Mumbai and not in Rewas Mandwa
Dec 2000 : The civil aviation ministry asks the state to carry out studies on the Navi Mumbai site
Sep 2001 : Cidco submits a technoeconomic feasibility study on the airport
Aug 2006 : The International Civil Aviation Organisation green-lights the site, saying it is aeronautically feasible
Feb 2007 : Cidco submits a revised project feasibility and business plan report to the Central government
July 2007 : The Union Cabinet gives in-principle approval for the Navi Mumbai airport
Aug 2007 : MoEF rejects a Cidco proposal for the airport on the grounds that it violated CRZ norms
Oct 2007 : Civil aviation ministry and Cidco appeal to the Centre to amend CRZ Notification, 1991, to make way for the new airport
May 2009 : The Bombay High Court allows changes to CRZ Notification, 1991
June 2009 : Union minister Jairam Ramesh writes to Maharashtra chief minister, highlighting the environmental impact of the airport, including the loss of mangroves, diversion of Gadhi and Ulwe rivers, and removal of a hill
Dec 2009 : The Expert Appraisal Committee of MoEF visits the site and calls for more studies July 2010 : Cidco submits its final environmental impact assessment of the airport to MoEF
Oct 2010 : The civil aviation ministry and CIDCO consider changes in project design to address environmental concerns
Oct 2010 : The EAC visits the project site and discusses the final design with CIDCO
Nov 2010 : Cidco and MoEF hold another meeting on the project
Nov 2010 : Ramesh gives ecoclearances to the airport in the presence of CM Prithviraj Chavan and civil aviation minister Praful Patel

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