Monday, August 28, 2017

Gadkari hints at 10-year wait for Purandar airport to take off

Pune: The proposed airport at Purandar has got yet another tentative take-off date, this time from Nitin Gadkari.
The Union minister of road transport, highways and shipping on Sunday indicated that the new facility will take at least 10 years to become functional. Barely two months ago minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha had said the new facility will take off in 5-6 years.
"The existing airport in Lohegaon is a profit making facility. Additional land for its expansion of the airport has been given by the defence. If required, more land will be sought and one can have more features, such as an underground parking facility, at the airport through the public private partnership model," Gadkari said.
"The Lohegaon airport needs more space for more aircraft to land and take-off. All the new facilities will take care of the airport in terms of better facilities for at least 10 years. Simultaneously, the construction of the new Pune airport (at Purandar) will go on," he added.
28/08/17 Times of India