Mumbai: Even as aviation authorities are making a bid to revive the Juhu aerodrome, certain officials, it appears, are taxiing in the opposite direction. MiD DAY is in possession of documents that indicate an unholy nexus between some Airports Authority of India (AAI) bigwigs and the builders lobby, endeavouring to shut down one of the runways at the aerodrome for furtherance of building projects. The records suggest the officials attempted to mislead the appellate committee of aviation ministry, Government of India, through their report, stating that runway 16/34 of Juhu aerodrome is not fit for operations. In response to this, the aviation safety department of AAI said that the two officials " JMS Negi (now retired, but working as a consultant for special projects) and VK Dutta " have blatantly lied in their report to the committee.
The plan of shutting down runway 16/34 first started with a study conducted under the then executive director, air traffic management (ATM), AAI, JMS Negi. As per Negis report " dated May 6, 2011 " that also carries the copy of his study Aeronautical Study of Horizontal Surface (HIS)-Juhu Airport, (Mumbai) on different runways, reads that Juhu aerodrome runway 16/34 was not specified as operational runway as per the airport directory since no declared distances were provided. The study further confers about runway 16/34 coming into the approach and takeoff path of Mumbai airport runway 09, and that therefore it was not feasible to use 16/34 for operational purposes in any combination.