Sunday, October 03, 2021

High-level meet in Delhi to take up airport land issues

Pune: MP Girish Bapat, accompanied by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, met Union minister Nitin Gadkari at the city airport on Saturday and discussed the issue of land for shifting the cargo hold area.

A source privy to the discussions said Gadkari, also chairman of the Centre’s infrastructure committee, was requested to hold a meeting on this issue in Delhi.

“Stakeholders, including the defence ministry, Airports Authority of India, and Pawar and Bapat are expected to be present. The minister was requested to take up this issue on priority,” said the source.

The source said the meeting could be held next week and that Gadkari was keen on resolving the issue at the earliest. During a visit to Pune last month, Gadkari had said the infrastructure committee will soon approve the handover of 13 acres of defence land for the airport’s expansion.

Bapat emphasized that the issue of shifting the airport’s cargo area to a 2.5-acre plot belonging to the Indian Air Force needs to be immediately addressed. “We hope a solution will soon come to the fore,” Bapat told TOI.

In 2016, defence authorities provided the airport with 15.84 acres of land. The land is being used for the construction of the new terminal, which is likely to be ready by August next year.

03/10/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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