Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Site for new Pune airport will not change, says CM Devendra Fadnavis

Pune: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told TOI categorically on Monday that the new airport will come up only at Purandar and the site will not be changed even as the Maharashtra Airport Company Development Limited (MADC) authorities said they would await clearance from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as the proposed airport falls under its flying zone. Replying to a text message on whether the state government will consider moving the airport out of Purandar if the IAF has objections with the site, the CM replied, "No."
MADC sources told TOI that after their meeting with the ministry of defence and IAF officials in Delhi earlier this month, the IAF has asked for intricate technical details of the airport's site from the Airports Authority of India (AAI). "The new airport falls under the IAF's flying zone. It has been stated that we will need the clearance of the IAF for the new airport and only then other work can start. Though it is premature at this moment, we might have to make changes to the site if the IAF, after studying the report, asks for the same. Though we are not saying that the project will move out of Purandar, the site might be tweaked a bit in accordance with the observations of the IAF. However, we would want to repeat that it will be solely based on the IAF's report which will take sometime to come," an MADC official told TOI.
25/07/17 Jpoy Sengupta/Times of India