Thursday, December 31, 2015

It’s official: No airport at Chakan

Pune’s search for a new international airport seems to have hit a blind spot with the proposed site at Chakan being officially dropped from the list of probables by the state government. A recent notification by the state government has renotified the over 700 hectares of land, previously identified as one of the proposed sites for the airport, for industrial usage.
The notification has asked the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to start the land acquisition for it. The site for the proposed international airport, spread over six villages in Khed taluka of Pune district, has seen no progress in the last 10 years in terms of land acquisition.
Although the official notification of the land for the project was issued a decade ago, MIDC has failed to acquire any land in the region due to opposition from the villagers, who were also supported by Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil. The erstwhile Congress-NCP government had accused the MP of playing politics with development.
31/12/15 Partha Sarathi Biswas/The Indian Express
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