Monday, March 07, 2016

Final countdown to take off: Now, CM’s green signal awaited for new airport plan

The proposed Pune international airport, which is likely to come up at Rajgurunagar in Khed taluka, has almost reached the last leg of monitoring and evaluation, and now requires the final nod from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the project to finally take off.
With the technical committee appointed to evaluate the site based on all parameters giving its approval, the final push for the project is set to happen when the Maharashtra Chief Minister convenes a meeting with the Maharashtra Airport Development Company, revenue officials and the Airport Authority of India and takes forward the discussions, said senior officials from the government on the proposed airport, even as the Assembly session is set to commence on March 9.
After clearance from the technical committee, a detailed survey of the said site will take place, followed by the land acquisition.
“The good thing about the site is that there will be minimum displacement as most of the land is non-agricultural land and is on a plateau, so it is suitable for the airport. While 70 per cent land can be acquired easily, 30 per cent will have to see discussions pertaining to compensation,” said the senior officials from the state government. This site was earlier in discussion but was kept aside for the Khed SEZ project. The site will cover six villages– Koye, Pait, Askhed, Raundhalwadi, Shiroli and Dhamne–near the Bhama Askhed Dam.
07/03/16 Nisha Nambiar/The Indian Express
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