Saturday, June 17, 2017

New airport set to take off in phases, final plan yet to land

Pune: The new Pune airport in Purandar will be built in phases. The first phase will have the main terminal building and the runway.
"The airport will be in phases but the final planning has not been done and the detail project report is awaited," Suresh Kakani, vice-chairman-cum-managing director of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) told TOI.
Officials who are currently working on logistics to develop the airport, which is set to become operational within 5-6 years, told TOI that in the first phase, along with the main terminal building, a runway was expected to start followed by the second runway and the cargo hub.
Construction of the terminal building and one of the two runways in the first phase will ensure that the facility becomes operational and commercial flights take off. The second phase of the project is expected to see the construction of the second runway and the international cargo hub. Doing all the things in one go is not a wise idea and things might get delayed, an official said.
The official said that the details on the aspects of different phases will only be finalised once the detailed project report (DPR) is ready.
"The work on DPR will start soon after we get the clearance from the ministry of defence (MoD). The DPR will make things clear and it is on this basis that the contents in each of the phases will be decided. So, it can very well be that things could change. It might very well be that in the first phase, the terminal building as well as both the runways can come up followed by the cargo hub, parking facility etc. However, work on proper connectivity of the airport from Pune as well as from other places will be done simultaneously," the official added.
17/06/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India