Monday, August 26, 2019

AAI mulls 2 options to get 5-acre plot for Pune airport expansion

Pune: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is considering two options to get a five-acre plot of land for its expansion plans of the Pune airport. The land, located next to the airport’s parking number 1, can either be acquired by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) or taken through a joint venture between the AAI and the owners of the land.
AAI’s plans to construct a multi-level parking lot at the airport has been held up over non-availability of sufficient land in the vicinity. Recently, the AAI and the PMC had a meeting with private landowners around the airport. Pune’s deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende, who took the initiative to conduct the meeting, told TOI that it was likely that the PMC would acquire the land and hand it over to the AAI.

“AAI wants this five-acre land for its expansion. The land can house the existing parking number 1, after which work on constructing a multi-level parking lot can start. It is not possible to start the construction with so many vehicles being parked there. The meeting was attended by municipal commissioner Saurabh Rao, Pune airport director Ajay Kumar and some landowners too,” Dhende told TOI.
Dhende said that while the PMC is keen on acquiring the land, the landowners also proposed a joint venture. “The landowners said they do not have an issue with the PMC acquisition provided the compensation was good and satisfying. They then proposed the joint venture to the airport director, saying they could give the land on rent to the AAI. However, this idea is still at the very nascent stage, with the airport director stating that a decision would be taken only by AAI headquarters,” he said.
26/08/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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