Monday, August 02, 2021

Airport cargo area shift hazy after IAF demands rent

Pune: The shifting of the existing cargo hold area of the Pune airport has run into rough weather yet again even after the same was approved by the ministry of defence.

Pune MP and the chairman of the Pune airport advisory committee Girish Bapat told TOI that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had asked for a lease rent of Rs1.38crore per year for the 2.5-acre plot in which the cargo area was to be shifted, thereby raising fresh problems. “We have come to know that the IAF has asked for the amount from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the latter has not agreed to the payment. The amount is big and it has raised fresh roadblocks. I have been told by the Pune airport authorities that they are already paying the IAF a large amount of money for the civil enclave and that payment of more money for the plot is difficult. We are working towards a solution,” Bapat told TOI.

In June, Bapat had said that IAF had agreed to provide the Pune airport with a plot of theirs so that the existing cargo hold area of the facility can be shifted. “An oral confirmation from the ministry of defence has come to us and we are presently now waiting for a letter from them, pertaining to the same, which should happen by the end of the month,” Bapat had told TOI.

02/08/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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