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CIDCO to set up Aviation Academy in Navi Mumbai

City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) will set up an Aviation Academy for the training of manpower required for the proposed Navi Mumbai International airport, its joint managing director V Radha said.

The work of the proposed airport is likely to begin next year and the first phase has been scheduled to be completed in 2019, she said.

Radha was talking to reporters yesterday during a presentation on the ongoing projects of CIDCO here.

The Navi Mumbai airport project, for which CIDCO is the nodal agency, is in its final stages of getting approvals and all pending permissions and clearances will be in hand soon, she said, adding, post which agency (to develop and operate the airport) will be finalised.

She said all major project approvals clearances, namely from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Environment and CRZ clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest, defence clearance, are in place, while clearance from MPCB (Maharashtra Pollution Control Board) was also obtained.

The stage I forest clearance and wild life clearance have been obtained and Stage II clearance is in progress, the MD said.

In order to expedite the airport development and give a head start to the prospective bidders, CIDCO is taking up pre-development works for the airport such as land development of core Airport area, shifting of EHVT lines belonging to Tata Power.

Once operations start, the airport will give jobs to more than a lakh people and to cater to this need, CIDCO is, in advance starting an Aviation Academy which will train the required man power, she said.

Radha informed that the JNPT is also mulling to open a port academy in the vicinity.

As per the current estimates, major passenger influx of 16 per cent to the airport is likely to come from Kalyan and Bhiwandi, eight per cent from Thane, she said.

During the presentation, a new web portal of CIDCO and a mobile app was also launched.

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