Tuesday, March 08, 2022

MoD gives nod to transfer 13 acre land for Pune Airport expansion

Pune: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and the chairman of infrastructure committee of Union government, Nitin Gadkari, said on Friday that the Ministry of Defence has approved the allocation of 13 acres of land of Barrack Store Office of Pune Air Force to Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expansion of cargo infrastructure at the airport.

The idea was first floated in 2017-18 and was being pursued with the Ministry of Defence since. Last year, Gadkari, while on a visit to Pune had said that the MoD has agreed to provide the land to Pune Airport if it was provided land of its choice in Chandigarh.

On Monday, Gadkari posted on social media that the final approval for the transfer of land has been given by the MoD.

“I am very happy to announce that Ministry of Defence has approved to allot 13 acres of adjacent land of BSO yard to Airports Authority of India for construction of International and Domestic cargo infrastructure at Pune Airport. This will benefit the western Maharashtra region for export of agriculture and Industrial Products,” Gadkari said in a Twitter post.

As per officials, the Air Force requires a plot of land held by the Airports Authority of India in Chandigarh.

The AAI had agreed to barter the land in Chandigarh for the 13-acre BSO land in Pune.

08/03/22 Indian Express

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