Tuesday, April 03, 2018

International airport likely to get administrative nod on April 6

Pune: The meeting of the state government’s project management and implementation committee on Friday will give the administrative approval to the proposed international airport in Purandar besides deliberating on the mode of land acquisition to be undertaken.
A senior official aware of the developments told TOI, “The project management and implementation committee’s meeting will be chaired by the chief secretary on April 6. The airport project will be given the administrative nod in it. A decision on the mode of land acquisition can be taken, too. Once the decision is taken, it will be referred to the chief minister for the final approval. The ministry of civil aviation will give the site clearance to the project in the meeting of the Union government’s steering committee on April 23.”
A project review meeting chaired by minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha was held on Tuesday. Pune MP Anil Shirole, Baramati MP Supriya Sule, and senior officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) participated in it.
“The minister took stock of the situation in the meeting, while AAI offered to provide its expertise for the airport. The AAI has developed airports both on public-private partnership and engineering, procurement and construction models. While we want to develop the airport in the PPP mode, the final decision will be taken by the chief minister,” another official said.
03/04/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India