Saturday, March 04, 2017

German firm to give wings to new airport

Pune: German company Dorsch will prepare the detailed project report (DPR) and will also develop the new airport at Purandar, senior officials of Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) announced on Friday.
After a three-hour meeting with senior officials of the Pune district administration, MADC vice-chairman and managing director Vishwas M Patil said the company, which had prepared the DPR and developed airports in cities like Berlin, Munich, Kuwait and Frankfurt has been given the contract.
"The meeting focused on compensation for landowners whose land will be taken for the project. A global tender had been floated for choosing a consultant who will be preparing the DPR for the project. There were many bidders and a Germany-based company was chosen. There are two phases as per the contract — one related to the finalisation of the DPR and the second related to developing the new airport. The site for the airport remains unchanged and it will happen in Purandar only," Patil told TOI.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced the new airport project, named after Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, in October last year. He had said the airport will spread across an area of 2,400 hectare. The new airport, which is expected to be built at a cost of Rs 14,000 crore, will take at least five years to complete and be operational.
04/03/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India