Wednesday, October 25, 2017

MADC expects nod to Purandar within a month

Pune: Senior Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) officials sounded positive about the clearance to the Purandar airport project following a meeting with the defence ministry and Airports Authority of India (AAI) higher-ups in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The nod has been pending with the defence ministry for more than three months and the delay has held back steps such as compensation package for land acquisition.
"The Indian Air Force (IAF) has sought some more information from AAI about the proposed airport. AAI is expected to submit these documents to the defence ministry over the next two weeks, following which IAF will take a final call on the clearance to the project," MADC vice chairman-cum-managing director said.
"They will either call us in person or communicate to us their decision. A definite date cannot be given at this moment as today's (Tuesday) meeting was mainly technical in nature. We expect a clearance from the defence ministry within a month," he told TOI.
Another MADC official, who did not wish to be named, said, "A portion of the flight path of the proposed airport seems to intersect the safety zone of the Lohegaon air field. A solution is being worked out to deal with this."
25/10/17Joy Sengupta/ Times of India