Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CM Devendra Fadnavis rules out budget grant for Purandar airport

Pune: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ruled out allocation of funds in the state budget for the proposed airport at Purandar.
Asked whether funds will be provided in the state budget for the Purandar airport, Fadnavis in a text message replied: “It is not required.”
Senior officials of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC), which is developing the airport, told TOI that a detailed proposal on the financial aspect of the proposed airport, which include expected funds required for land acquisition, has been sent to the state government and its approval is being awaited.
“We have not mentioned the compensation amount as it is expected to be different for each landowner depending on the package he/she chooses. Once the proposal is cleared by the local district administration, we will be able to discuss the amount,” an MADC official said.
The foundation stone for the Navi Mumbai international airport was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the first flight is set to take off by 2019.
The tweet from Fadnavis’ office said, “First flight from Navi Mumbai International Airport to take off by December 2019. We are also building missing lines on Mumbai-Pune expressway. We have received all permission for the new Purandar Airport in Pune and also working on extension of existing Pune airport.”
20/02/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India