India's Maharashtra State Government has commenced discussions with Navi Mumbai Airport consultants to modify the project’s original plan so that it can obtain environmental clearance (Indian Express, 23-Aug-2010).
Maharashtra Government in talks to modify Navi Mumbai plan
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