MPs support Navi Mumbai airport
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 22:35
  
Mumbai: Emphasising the need of a second airport for the city, MPs from Mumbai today supported the proposed Navi Mumbai airport.

The controversy over proposed Navi Mumbai airport was the major issue of discussion in today's meeting held here between the state MPs and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, prior to the winter session of the Parliament and the state Legislature.

"The proposed Navi Mumbai airport is an important project for the city and all the Mumbai MPs supported it, there was no opposition," Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam said.

On objections related to the environment, Nirupam said he demanded that the environment impact report be shared with the MPs so that the issue can be raised in the Parliament.

Shiv Sena MP Manohar Joshi, who raised the issue in the meeting, pointed out that Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel both belong to the same party but have differences of opinion.

Chavan said the State Government is pursuing the matter with the Centre and the issue would be sorted out soon, Nirupam said.

The issue of eco-sensitive zones was also discussed after the Western Ghat Committee stalled few development projects in the state.

"We demanded that the Centre should speak to the state before declaring eco-sensitive zones, as the construction and development works are prohibited in the areas," Kolhapur MP of Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana, Raju Shetty said.

It was also suggested that a convener committee be formed to push and take follow ups of the development works in the state.

It was decided that the IAS officials would do the job on regular basis and also coordinate with the MPs, NCP MP Sanjay Patil said.

-PTI


First Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 22:35


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