Thursday, June 15, 2017

From July, Shirdi just a flight away

Shirdi: Fourteen kilometres from Shirdi, a 70-strong team is at work on an airport that is set to transform the temple town. Contractors and labourers, along with security personnel, have been on the site daily for almost a year and are now trying to put everything in place in time for the inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expected at the end of July.
The domestic and international airport will cut down travel time to Shirdi from Mumbai, 238 km and a five-hour road trip away, to just 40 minutes. Funded in part by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, the airport will bring the temple town closer to pilgrims from all over the world.
Rania Nihalani says he visits Shirdi from Dubai at least once a year. “After reaching Mumbai, five hours by road is arduous. The airport will save us time and effort,” he said.
Airport officials, who hope to get at least two slots from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, said various airlines have visited the site, including Alliance Air, Trujet and Indigo. Fares will follow market rates, they said.
15/06/17 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express