Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Land acquisition not a hurdle for Purandar airport: CM Devendra Fadnavis

Pune: The state government does not see “land acquisition for the proposed” international airport at Purandar as a hurdle because it will be done with the consent of landowners and the target for the facility’s operations will be 2020-21.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday told TOI that he did not foresee land acquisition as an issue for the proposed airport. Responding to a text message, he said, “Land acquisition is mostly based on consent. So, it shouldn’t be a very big problem.”
The chief minister had earlier pushed for the direct land acquisition model, but said they were still figuring out various options. The notification for the airport’s land acquisition is yet to be issued.
Four proposals have been floated for the land acquisition: the direct purchase system; giving developed land and compensation to land losers; giving partnership to the affected people in the airport company; and giving alternative land.
The state government officials stated that the model to be implemented would be decided and a GR would be issued after discussions with the authorities of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the district administration.
15/05/18 Nisha Nambiar/Times of India

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