Author : Jimmy Chacko 1
Date of Publication :7th October 2016
Abstract: The concept of Sustainable Development is an attempt to combine growing concerns about a range of environmental issues with socio-economic values. To aid understanding of these different policies a classification of different trend of thought is necessary. To meet the ever increasing needs of the rapid urbanization one such area that needs to be developed is the airport. Airports are the air transport systemís nodes and have major impact on a regionís economy, social conditions and environment. An Airport can only be considered to be operating sustainably if all three dimensions are balanced. Airport Sustainability can be evaluated at global, national and regional levels. This paper emphasizes the importance of regional level planning in analyzing airport sustainability. The paper presents a detailed case study of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mumbai International Airport and evaluates its sustainability on regional level under different growth and reduction scenarios. The airport concentrates on the environmental performance, global connectivity, local employment, resource optimization. Moreover, the basic concepts like waste water, air quality and noise management, solid waste management are been stressed. The construction of the airport posed a lot of hindrance for the engineers as they had to tackle the geographical and climatic conditions around the airport. Also to tackle the wildlife incursions and strikes into the airside a close watch is kept on all the birds. The increase of roadways around the airport has elevated the overall transportation capacity. Managing water resources, waste water treatment and using the recycled waste is one of the prominent traits of the airport, the peacock shaped feather skylights for natural lighting and the use of energy efficient materials in construction has led the Mumbai Airport from a worn airport to one of the worldís top airport giving it a gold certification from LEED.
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