Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Take airport plan to Khed: Purandar villagers to govt; Adhalrao hails move

Pune: Even as Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil rushed to Delhi to take up the airport issue with the Central government, villagers of Purandar taluka Monday protested against the government’s effort to set up new Pune airport in their area. The agitating villagers sought to tell the government that they will not part with an inch of their land and that the airport plan should be taken back to Khed where it was originally planned.
Reacting to the villagers’ demand, Adhalrao said the farmers in Khed were ready to part with their land and therefore the government had a comfortable option available. “Since there is so much protest happening in Purandar, it is clear that the airport plan will be further delayed if the government decides to go ahead. Already, the airport plan has been pending for years. The government should immediately change its plan for an airport from Purandar to Khed where plenty of vacant land is available and farmers are offering additional land,” he said. Adhalrao added that he was in Delhi to discuss with the Central government the issue of setting up of the airport in Khed area.
08/11/16 Manoj Dattatrye More/Indian Express