Thursday, November 10, 2016

Govt looks at land-pooling for Purandar airport

After introducing land-pooling scheme for Samruddhi Way aka Mumbai-Nagpur Super-communication Way, the state government is planning to apply it to the proposed international airport at Purandar in Pune district. Project affected people (PAP) will probably get an amount equivalent to crop loss over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, Vijay Shivtare, minister of state for water resources (Shiv Sena) who represents the Purandar assembly constituency, said despite protests by villagers, the airport would be operational within three years.
Mr Shivtare said, “When I came to know that sites at Khed and Rajgurunagar had been rejected by the Airport Authority of India (AAI), I met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and convinced him for a new site in my constituency. He visited the site and approved it.” The minister added that thereafter, he followed up with the AAI and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and both bodies approved the site in Purandar tehsil for the proposed Greenfield international airport. “The state government is planning to implement land-pooling scheme so that PAP will get assured land in lieu of their own land being acquired as well as assured income for the next ten years,” said Mr Shivtare.
In Purandar, most farmers cultivate jowar, bajri while a few grow oranges.
10/11/16 Vivek Bhavsar/The Asian Age