Saturday, June 24, 2017

Airport expansion plan hits land acquisition hurdle

Aurangabad: The proposed expansion of Aurangabad airport could fail to take off anytime soon due to issues related to land acquisition.
The government was supposed to acquire land in parts of Mukundwadi, Murtijapur and Chikalthana, which are adjacent to the airport.
Some of these localities are densely populated and a considerable number of homes have to be demolished to facilitate the expansion. As announced earlier by authorities, around 180 acre land will be needed for the purpose.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday held a special review meeting for expansion of the Aurangabad airport, where different roadblocks in the project were discussed.
Top-officials from the State Town Planning Department, Public Works Department and General Administration Department along with Aurangabad divisional commissioner and district collector were present during the meeting, which was also attended by state assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde.
24/06/17 Prasad Joshi/Times of India