Mumbai: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Fridayinaugurated a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower at theChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, AirportsAuthority of India chairman V P Aggarwal, executive chairmanof Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) G V K Reddy,and managing director GVK-MIAL, G V Sanjay Reddy were present.MIAL, a joint venture between GVK-led consortium and AAI,runs the Mumbai airport.
The newly-built tower, 84 metres tall and spread over2,800 square meters, is the tallest ATC tower in the country.The Union Minister said that modernisation of airportsand aircraft navigation services infrastructure has boostedthe growth of aviation sector.
"Airports Authority of India has done a remarkable job inmodernising navigation infrastructure," Singh said.Stating that aviation is a branch of engineering that is
least forgiving of mistakes, Singh said that an increasedimportance is being placed on safety.
The new ATC tower at the CSIA is a precursor to the newintegrated terminal which will be functional in the next fewmonths, G V K Reddy said.
MIAL, has however, not given any timeline as to when thenew ATC tower will be operational.The new tower offers 5 miles clear visibility forcontrollers and enables unobstructed view of the entireoperational area of the airport.
It is equipped with latest technology includingelectronic flight strips which will reduce the workload ofcontrollers and improve operational efficiency.
Mumbai ATC everyday handles approximately 750 landingsand take-offs, besides controlling 960 other flights includinginternational overflying traffic.
Once commissioned, the new ATC tower will be able tohandle 46 flights per hour as against 40 being handled now, asper MIAL.
Chavan said the state government is laying emphasis onthe modernisation of the airports in the state.He also said that state government is considering a
proposal regarding acquisition of land for the Navi Mumbaiairport, whereby it would provide 22.5 per cent of thedeveloped land to the land owners instead of monetarycompensation.