‘Pune int’l airport may take 5 to 6 yrs’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The proposed Pune International Airport at Purandar is likely to take  at least five to six years for completion as against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ deadline of 2019.

PUNE: The proposed Pune International Airport at Purandar is likely to take  at least five to six years for completion as against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ deadline of 2019. This was revealed by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha on Monday.

He was in the city to speak on the topic ‘It’s India’s Turn Now’ at the lecture series ‘Reinventing India’ organised by the Pune International Centre at the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture. 

Sinha said there are three sets of issues that have to be addressed which may be time consuming. “We need to acquire land for the airport, which is a time consuming process. Then we have to look into the resettlement following which the infrastructure work can commence. The Pune International Airport at Purandar will take five to six years considering these issues,” he explained.

He said development of the existing airport at Lohegaon to increase its capacity will take two to three years. “The traffic at Pune Airport is growing rapidly and we have been able to obtain land from Air Force to develop a new terminal, cargo terminal and parking bays. The new terminal will take two to three years for construction, which will enable the airport to sustain traffic of eight to 10 million people,” he added. 

About the Navi Mumbai Airport, Sinha said there are three sets of issues. “The Navi Mumbai Airport must be completed by 2020. The issues for the airport are resettlement, site preparation and connectivity between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The airport site is low-lying marsh land and two hills have to be dug up to prepare the site. The trans-harbour line from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai is set for completion by 2021,” Sinha said. 

In his address, he spoke about how it is a unique time for India considering her young demographics, fast growth, single party majority at the Centre and a strong visionary Prime Minister. “India’s development model is uniquely frugal. We have resource challenges which has led to this frugal or affordable development model. When the world is facing resource constraints, they need to look at the Indian development model which is resource efficient,” he explained. 

He said the young India will be the entrepreneurial engine of six billion people on the planet. 

Sinha said, “We are aiming at minimum government and maximum governance. In cricket parlance, we have to be the groundsman.”

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