Suraj wrote:Nachiket, I saw that at BOM. Aren’t those slums EVER going to be resettled to enable that second arm to be built out ? Such a pity for an otherwise quite spectacular shakinaw airport that is BOM T2 . The runway situation is true . Until NMIA comes into service, BOM will keep extending it’s current world record for most flights served by an airport with one runway . Just another story of making things happen to incredible extents, with limited resources on our part .
I don't know if this is a simple situation of not resettling slums, because I'm not sure if the airport owned that land in the first place. Plus there is the Mithi river in the middle as well. I'd blame GVK here. How could they select this design and go ahead with it before they were confident of acquiring the land needed? They should have known how difficult acquiring slum land is in Mumbai. That is nothing new.
From that satellite image, it seems possible to use that space better if they had gone with a design within the confines of currently available land. It may not have looked as good but they could have utilized the available space more optimally. Now it neither looks as good as they'd imagined and they've lost space as well.