The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has approved airport developer CIDCO’s amended proposal for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport.

“Maharashtra CZMA has approved the new plan and recommended it to the Centre,” Environment Secretary Valsa Nair Singh told PTI on Thursday.

Following the clearance, the proposal now would be placed before the Expert Appraisal Committee constituted by the Central Government, she said.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had given its clearance for the construction of the second airport in Navi Mumbai.

However, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh refused to given clearance on the grounds that the proposed airport violates environment norms.

Following this, the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. (CIDCO), nodal agency for the project, was asked to come up with a proposal with suitable changes.

The two Ministries, however, recently resolved the issue paving the way for the project. A final call on the issue is expected to be taken only after the Expert Appraisal Committee meeting on November 10.