Saturday, March 18, 2017

CM Devendra Fadnavis reiterates Purandar final site for new airport

Pune:  The state government is in no mood to budge from its decision to build the new international airport at Purandar despite protests from the residents of the area.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the site for the new Pune airport in the Purandar taluka would not be changed. Replying to a text message if the location of Purandar was final for the airport, the chief minister replied, "Yes, it (Purandar site) is."
Fadnavis also said no decision on the final compensation package had been taken yet. "Not yet," he said, replying to a question asked in this regard via a text message.
On March 3, some officials of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) had stated that the rehabilitation package for the landowners would be announced within a fortnight.
Germany firm Dorsch was appointed the consultant for the airport after the civic elections last month. Soon after, the local residents resumed their agitation. They even threatened to intensify their agitation.
18/03/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India