Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hunt for new airport land takes officials near old site

Pune: The site for the Pune international airport may well be around Rajgurunagar area in Khed taluka itself, with it being found as the most feasible site by the government after a survey conducted recently.
The land, which is being discussed is a little away from the old site at Rajgurunagar, which was cleared in 2008 for the proposed Pune international airport in the area.
With the project pending for a decade, Additional Chief Secretary PS Meena, who is in-charge of the civil aviation in the state on Friday, said that they are sure that the “land westward to the old site near Rajgurunagar is most suitable for the airport as the land is flat, with huge tracts owned by individuals, therefore leading to minimal displacement.’’
With the team of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) having done the recce for two other sites in the district, the government has asked the AAI to complete the survey for this site and check for any obstructions. “The area seems flat and suitable. There is enough space for the airport. Moreover, this is close to the previous site that was cleared by the government and if the area is given a go-ahead by the AAI, then the government can act on it soon,’’ said Meena, instilling hope that the project may finally take off.
23/01/16 Nisha Nambiar/Indian Express
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