• Centre defers forest clearance for Navi Mumbai airport, again

    The forest advisory committee (FAC) of the Union environment and the forest and climate change ministry have again deferred Stage-II forest clearance for the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) as they found deficiencies in the compensatory afforestation scheme, official documents revealed.

    The NMIA project requires diversion of 250 hectares of forest land, comprising dense mangroves. Additionally, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) also needs 22.5 hectares of forest for rehabilitating project-affected persons (PAPs) for which they have applied for a separate clearance. D.J. Fluker Jersey

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