Thursday, March 09, 2017

Land for land, for airport expansion

Pune: The Airports Authority of India, in coordination with the Maharashtra government, would provide plots to the Indian Air Force for its administrative set-ups in lieu of the defence land for the expansion of the Lohegaon facility.
A source in the Indian Air Force (IAF) told TOI the state government would have to provide it some developed land in the city so that the Air Force assets developed on the land allotted to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) could be shifted.
The AAI is supposed to get an additional 16 acres of defence land for the expansion of the Lohegaon airport. Sources said the process of transferring the 15.84 acres of defence land announced for the airport was in a very advanced stage.
A source in the defence said, "Our people will have to work and for that we need some space. Once the AAI and the Maharashtra government provide the developed land to the IAF and our infrastructure is shifted there, the said plot would be handed over to the AAI for the expansion of the airport. A specific time for the process cannot be given at this moment."
9/03/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India