The government will soon invite bids to appoint a design consultant for the proposed Rs 2,000-crore Juhu airport redevelopment plan, aviation ministry sources said. The approval was announced after a meeting between the officials of civil aviation ministry, the Airports Authority, Maharashtra government and the city’s development agency MMRDA, apart from the Mumbai airport. KPMG had already done the concept part of project. The government will conduct a meeting with Slum Rehabilitation Authority to discuss plans for shifting the thousands of shanties within the Juhu aerodrome limits.
The government plans to extend the runway by 800 metres into the sea so that smaller aircrafts such as ATRs, Bombardier Q400s and corporate jets can land. The present length of the Juhu main runway is 1,143 metres. The government plans to shift 15 percent of the traffic at Mumbai airport mainly small aircraft and corporate jets to Juhu Airport. This will enhance the capacity of the main airport to about 52 million from the current 32 million, Aviation Secretary K N Shrivastva said. The ministry envisages a three-year timeline to fully redevelop Juhu airstrip including 18 months construction time.