Thursday, September 05, 2019

Pune civic body asked to acquire land for airport expansion

Pune: Divisional commissioner Dipak Mhaisekar on Wednesday told the civic body to immediately start acquiring land of private parties to be given to the Airports Authority of India for the expansion of the Lohegaon Airport.
Mhaisekar, the Pune divisional commissioner, told TOI that there were just two private landowners and they had given their consent for the acquisition. “But the letter of consent needs to be signed by them. We hope to finish the process within a week’s time. In total, around 27 acres of land will be acquired. Until now, no land has been acquired,” he said.

Another official in the know of developments said, “The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) informed us that the acquisition process had begun. According to the instructions given, the process should not be delayed. The interested private landowners should be given compensation as per the market rate of land and a consent letter should be taken from them.”

Recently, Pune’s deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende had told TOI that a meeting was convened by the PMC commissioner, Saurabh Rao, in the presence of Pune airport director Ajay Kumar. Rao had directed his officials in the meeting to hold talks with the private landowners regarding the land acquisition.
05/09/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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