Petak, 26. novembar 2010. - Objavljeno 18:18 GMT
For many years it's been a battleground between environmentalists and developers. But finally Navi or New Mumbai has officially been confirmed as the location for Mumbai's second airport. Announcing his ministry's support for the development, the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said authorities had already met 32 ecological conditions.
The government blocked the diversion of a local river and also sought agreement from developers that nearby mangroves will not be destroyed. But in other ways, the ministry has softened its stance.
It's given authorities the all-clear to level a 90 metre-high hill for the construction of two parallel runways. Mr Ramesh insisted that the development needed to be environmentally friendly, ecologically sound and energy efficient. Areas like Navi Mumbai, he said, had to be protected as the green lungs of India's financial capital.
Once it's completed, the authorities hope the new airport will ease air traffic congestion and entice more people to do business in the Navi Mumbai area. Local reports say the airport will take four years to build and by 2030 it will be able to handle 40 million passengers a year.
Nidhi Dutt, BBC News, Mumbai
aktivisti koji se zalažu za zaštitu životne sredine
investitori, ljudi koji kupuju zemljište i na njemu grade kako bi zaradili novac
pravila čiji je cilj zaštita životne sredine
drveće koje raste na obali reka u zemljama sa toplijom klimom
softened its stance
ublažiti stav, prići nečemu s više razumevanja
the green lungs
"zelena pluća" - parkovi i zelene površine koji stvaraju "ekološku ravnotežu"
air traffic congestion
gužva u vazdušnom saobraćaju
rukovati nečim, kontrolisati neku situaciju