Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pune’s new airport dream takes flight with Maharashtra CM’s tweet

Pune: After nearly 14 years, Pune’s proposed international airport has gained momentum with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s tweet that the technical team from Airport Authority of India (AAI) will conduct preliminary study of Rajgurunagar site, near Khed Special Economic Zone, in the first week of September.
The team was to conduct a survey in July and August but due to heavy rains they had postponed the visit. This is the fourth site, which was shown to the team besides the three sites shown in the district for the proposed international airport.
The Indian Express had earlier reported about this site and how a preliminary survey was done at the start of the year as it was found to be the most feasible as the land was not undulating and there was adequate space. The said site is spread over five villages—Koye, Pait, Andra, Chikhali, Askhed. The satellite mapping was done and the runaway alignment too was considered in the survey. More than 1,500 hectare at a stretch will be made available for the proposed airport of which it is believed that 40 per cent would be government land and 60 per cent would have to be acquired.
24/08/16 Nisha Nambiar/Indian Express

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