Thursday, July 4, 2013

Juhu airfield extension & sea link FOR \/s AGAINST -ANALYSIS

MUMBAI: Plans to develop the Juhu airfield received a boost on Monday with the state government clarifying that neither or a coastal road nor a proposed sea link will come in the way of the runway extension project.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had feared that the Bandra-Versova sea link or the coastal road project would come in the way of plans to extend the airfield 1,000 metres into the Arabian Sea.  However, in a meeting with chief secretary J K Banthia on Monday, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) informed the AAI that the projects will not hinder or obstruct flight path as they will be planned at a suitable distance from the runway, both in height and length. "Either of these links are being planned well over 1,000 metres away from the coast and do not seem to be obstructing the runway expansion in any way," said a government official.

The AAI had asked the government to clarify its stand on the project to extend the runway into the sea. To facilitate the process, the state government also agreed to make changes in the development control rules (DCR) to re-notify the airport land to that of an airfield from the existing reservation of recreation ground (RG). With this, the proposed two underground roads or tunnels will also be notified in the new development plan, government officials said. The municipal corporation has proposed to build a 1.5km-long tunnel under the airfield to ease traffic congestion in the area. "We have agreed to take all these steps to speed the runway extension plan," said a senior official.

The AAI has planned the runway extension to ease congestion at Mumbai airport and permit operation of bigger aircraft at Juhu. The project is estimated to cost Rs 2,000 crore.




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Ahmedabad: After turning out to be a safe and viable destination for the business and industries, now Gujarat is fast emerging as the most sought destination for the Mumbai billionaires seeking safe and cheaper destination to park their jets.   

Strict parking rules and space crunch at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is forcing the owners to park their flying machines at Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. 

At present one can see about 20 private jets and choppers parked at Ahmedabad airport. Out of which only five are owned by local business groups like Adani and Zydus Cadila whereas, the remaining machines belong to Mumbai-based businessmen. 

The owners have to shell out heavy penalty for parking jets after the specified time at Mumbai airport. Parking charges varies from Rs 1,000 to 15,000 per hour depending on the weight and penalty is almost 50 percent more than the routine charge.     

According to a report published in the Time of India, Mumbai airport collected Rs 4 crore as fines between June and December 2012.
At present Ahmedabad airport charges just one third of the Mumbai's parking fee.   

Maharashtra govt shoots down AAI's Juhu airport expansion plan ...
Jan 8, 2013 – The AAI, which manages the Juhu airport, has proposed to extend the existing ... V P Agarwal that the locals might object to the plan to extend the runway. ... of half of the beach and this will not go down well with the residents.

State govt shoots down Juhu airport expansion | Business Standard
Jan 7, 2013 – Although the Juhu airport expansion had been conceptualised ... of India chairman V P Agarwal that locals might object to the plan. ... It will mean closure of half of the beach and this will not go down well with the residents.'' ... ==================================================

Juhu residents mull PIL against airport plans

Linah Baliga, TNN Apr 17, 2013, 03.45AM IST

MUMBAI: The Airport Authority of India's plan to develop Juhu airport into a commercial airport that supports the operations of 20 ATR aircraft plus private jets is meeting with stiff opposition from Juhu residents, who plan to meet the chief minister and civil aviation minister to present their objections. If necessary, the residents will even file a PIL to oppose the plan, they said.
Juhu residents say that the Rs 2,000-crore project, which would spread across 260 acres, would use government funds and public land to build a facility for private extravagance. They added that the BMC's Development Plan (DP) has for 40 years envisaged sports facilities, a recreation ground and two arterial roads connecting Santa Cruz and Vile Parle. All this would have to be shelved to accommodate the new airport. The iconic Juhu beach and a catchment area for monsoon rainwater would also be damaged.
In the 1970s, a Japan Airlines plane crash-landed into a nullah while attempting to land at the airport, which shows the risks involved in operating larger aircraft there, said residents. A major cause for concern is that the new project's runway would end less than 100 metres from the gate of the 500-bed Nanavati Hospital. "A larger airport would create a mess in the area. It would disturb the patients," said Sachin Nanavati, trustee, Nanavati Hospital. "How would we cope with all the din and noise? There is a lovely terrace for patients, which provides an open view of Juhu beach. It provides a relaxing atmosphere. But the airport runway would lead to the whole area being concretized."
More than 10,000 tourists visit the iconic Juhu beach daily and a runway would destroy it, feared residents, who added that the safety of 6,000 slumdwellers living on airport land must also be considered. Hansel D'Souza, spokesperson, Juhu Citizens' Welfare Group (JCWG), said a large portion of land would have to be raised and concretized to build the airport. "The whole land is swampy and is a holding pond during the monsoon. They will fill Juhu lake and destroy it. This would mean Vile Parle and JVPD could be submerged by floods. The BMC's Rs 85-crore pumping station at Irla has made a marginal difference." He said the residents have begun considering filing a PIL on the issue.
The protest is being supported by JCWG, Mumbai Nagrik Manch and Gulmohur Area Societies Welfare Group. Vishwanath Mada, president, JCWG, said a larger airport would destroy the quality of life. "We are not against the development of the city, but we are against the destruction of the quality of our lives. Knocking off floors of buildings like Mithibai and NM Colleges and robbing Mumbai of green lungs is avoidable," he said. Officials have said they might have to remove floors from the colleges to accommodate flight paths. The residents said that experts have opined that an extra runway at Santa Cruz airport could help increase traffic there. They said the airport at Navi Mumbai should be fast-tracked as a "national priority".

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Major obstacle course before Juhu airport project gets green light

Aviation ministry list various issues that need to be resolved before aerodrome gets clearance to be independent airport

The civil aviation ministry’s grand plans to transform the Juhu aerodrome into an independent airport that will operate along with Mumbai airport, catering exclusively to commercial turboprops, pivate jets and helicopters is not going to be an easy task to achieve in three years.

Conceding that executing the Rs 2,000 crore project is going to be tough, the union civil aviation secretary KN Shrivastava, who personally surveyed the Juhu airport on Friday, told Mumbai Mirror“The Juhu-Tara road is an obstruction for the runway, which has to be realigned and extended into the sea. Rehabilitating slum dwellers from 40 acres of land will be a challenge, as will be carrying on with the 100-plus daily helicopter operations.”

Shrivastava held a meeting with the Maharashtra Chief Secretary Jayant Banthia, MMRDA Commissioner, UPS Madan, BMC officials, other senior government officials and a few legislators before carrying out a site visit.

The ministry at the moment has no idea how many people will have to be rehabilitated. “For the slum patch, the slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) has been approached to conduct a survey so that the affected can be rehabilitated within a portion of the same land. Normal operations will be attempted from a portion of the airport where helicopters will land and take off,” Shrivastava added. The secretary informed that Mumbai airport will be saturated within the next five years.

“With the proposed Navi Mumbai airport project stuck over land acquisition, Juhu will provide a breather,” he said, adding that if the state government was able to acquire the remaining 290 acres within the next three months then Navi Mumbai airport would be a reality in the next five years. To make Juhu airport operate simultaneously and independently of Mumbai airport, the alignment of Juhu airport’s runway will first have to be changed to make it parallel to Mumbai airport's main runway allowing both to be used simultaneously. 
Officials from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the BMC say the runway realignment will affect existing structures on either end of the runway. “Possible reduction of height of existing buildings around the ends of the runway, which includes Mithibai College and Tulip Star Hotel will come up as the development plan is updated,” officials present during the survey said.

The realigned runway will be higher than the present one and will be on stilts extending 500 metres into the sea, ending about 700 metres before the proposed Versova-Bandra Sea Link, cutting across the Juhu-Tara road, which will become a 400-metre long underpass, and Juhu Chowpatti, which will be developed into a view point from where people can watch planes take off

Experts: Juhu airport revamp model unsafe

Chinmayi Shalya, TNN Apr 7, 2013, 01.59AM IST
MUMBAI: A Juhu airport with a realigned runway extending into the sea may be the most unsafe place for landing, said aviation experts after studying a redevelopment blueprint approved for the aerodrome.
On Friday, the Juhu airport redevelopment plan received an in-principle nod from the state government.
The plan includes the extension of the main runway into the sea so that the airport can handle fixed-winged aircraft, and the closure of the secondary runway.
Closing the secondary runway would mean the airport remains shut whenever the nearby main city airport uses its secondary runway. If the main runway at the aerodrome and the secondary runway at the city airport are operated simultaneously, it will bring aircraft that are landing at the two airports perilously close, making the extended runway an unsafe airstrip.

"The Juhu airport runways are laid out identically (to the main airport runways), which means Juhu can use its main runway in sync with only the Mumbai airport main runway," a senior pilot said. "The use of the extended main runway while Mumbai airport is using its secondary runway will create major air safety issues as aircraft paths would criss-cross."

The pilot said there were no two ways about it: operating the Juhu runway when the main airport is using its secondary runway would put people's lives in peril.

Experts called the redevelopment plan a "pie in the sky" as even airlines would be averse to operating from a place which would either violate safety norms or be shut almost 40% of the time.

As part of the Rs 2,000 crore plan, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants to extend the main runway 650 metres into the sea while also realigning it.
The extension will allow fixed-winged aircraft like ATRs and Bombardier Q-400 to use the Juhu aerodrome, while the realignment will be done to maintain the required distance from the main runway at the city airport.

The realignment will require demolition of prime property in JVPD and Vile Parle, said experts. While some buildings are in conflict with the proposed realignment, other tall structures pose an obstacle in ATR and helicopter landings.

"The runway will be moved 1,035 metres north, which means multi-storey buildings in JVPD and Vile Parle will have to be brought down to one or two floors," an AAI official said. "If this is not done, no operator would want to operate with so many obstacles in the path."
Experts also said the elevation of the main runway to about 12 metres above sea level would require the elevation of the entire airport, leading to flooding in the neighbourhood in the monsoons.

The AAI chairman was unavailable for a comment.!!!!!!!!!!! ==================================================

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[3]LAND SHARKS?----------------YES 

who supports coastal road:-
  1. CM roots for coastal road, says sea links impractical - Indian Express

    Apr 17, 2013 - CM roots for coastal road, says sea links impractical - Sounding a virtual death knell for capital intensive sea link projects in Mumbai... "Though the Centre has not given an environmental nod to the coastal road project, I will ...

    1. Prithviraj Chavan seks MoEF nod for coastal road project - Mumbai ... › Mumbai

      Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has written a letter to the Centre seeking immediateenvironment clearance for the Rs8,000-crore coastal road project in Mumbai.

    PM green-signals Navi Mumbai airport - Times Of India › Collections › Navi Mumbai

    5 days ago - ... with the Prime Minister asking the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to... two greenfield airports-one in Navi Mumbai and the other in Juhu.

    1. BMC keen to execute coastal road project - HighBeam Research › ... › Jan - Mar 2013 › January 3, 2013

      Jan 3, 2013 - The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wants to claim ownership of the ambitious western coastal road project. The civic body has ...


    who doesnot support coastal road:-

    1. No cheer for key infrastructure projects from environment minister ... › Collections › Navi Mumbai

      Jun 21, 2013 - MUMBAI: Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Thursday... sought permissions for key infrastructure projects like the coastal ring road, the ...Chavan also pushed for environmental clearance for a portion of the ...

    2. Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan: Latest News ... › Topics

      ... minister Jayanthi Natarajan's refusal to grant post-facto environmental clearanceto such ... Pollution alarm: Over 40 ships stranded off Mumbai coast TOI 21 Jun 2013, 04:40 IST ... No cheer for key infrastructure projects from environment minister TOI 21 Jun 2013, 04:28 IST .... Earlier, only small vehicles plied on this road.
    who supports sea link {bandra to versova}:-

    1. Bandra-Versova Sea Link gets nod from Environment ministry

      Jan 25, 2013 - Bandra-Versova Sea Link gets nod from Environment ministry ...(MSRDC) recently received the final environmental clearance from the Ministry ...

    2. EAC moots Versova-Bandra sea link project for CRZ clearance ...

      Nov 27, 2012 - EAC moots Versova-Bandra sea link project for CRZ clearance ...committee (EAC) attached to the ministry of environment and forests has ...
    YES AND NO:-

    1. MSRDC to seek green nod for Versova sea link once again - Times .. WHY? › Collections › Msrdc

      Feb 23, 2013 - MUMBAI: The 10-km Versova-Bandra sea link project may not get ...will have to seek an environment clearance for the project once again.

    Report on the Coastal Road Project

    NEED OF A RING ROADCOASTAL FREEWAY FOR MUMBAI. 2.1 Review of .... the city environment through the reduction in pollution and respiratory diseases.

    The freeway will stretch from Marine Drive in South Mumbai to Kandivli in the north, ...coastal road, at Haji Ali Bay, through reclamation for an 8-lane road. ... The Bandra–Versova Sea Link received environmental clearance, under certain ...