Monday, October 16, 2017

MADC-defence plan meeting on Oct 24 to discuss technical snags at land for new Pune airport

In a bid to resolve the technical issues at the newly proposed Pune airport in Purandar taluka, the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) will hold a special meeting with defence officials in New Delhi on October 24. MADC is still waiting to get clearance from the defence ministry for this long-pending project, despite a series of meetings, surveys and visits over the past year by MADC, defence officials, state and central government officials.
“In the last meeting with the defence officials they had raised concerns over the feasibility, take-off and landing-related issues, runway and several other technical issues at this proposed site for the new airport in Purandar taluka. Accordingly, a fresh survey was conducted by both defence and MADC officials separately. This meeting is for a discussion on these technical issues and to gain momentum for this project. We are positive about this meeting and hope a solution comes out of it to get defence clearance for this new airport.” said Suresh Kakani, vice-chairman and managing director of MADC.
The existing Pune airport is at Lohegaon which currently operates a total of 154 flight scheduled daily, with approximately 20,000 passengers travelling every day. For the last many years, the issue of a new airport for Pune has been in focus and Purandar taluka has been finalised by the state government. A total of 2,367 hectares land was approved by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for this new airport in seven villages of the taluka. PMB
16/10/17 Pune Mirror
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