‘State govt mulls over BOT model option for Purandar Int’l Airport’

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 22 September 2018

“We are trying to give cash compensation to project affected farmers. The government will make changes in compensation rates. Pune district collector is making a proposal under the 2013 and 2015 Land Acquisition Act,” said Vijay Shivtare.

Pune: “State has started discussing Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model for a long-awaited proposed Purandar International Airport. Government is checking option as there are differences between Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and State government over the issue of project affected people,” stated Vijay Shivtare, Shiv Sena MLA from Purandar and State Minister for Water and Resource, in Pune on Friday.

“Government is finding a solution to solve the problem of compensation issue of project affected people. After defence approval, the State government has finalised 2,300 hectares of land. The State has approved Rs 3,513 crore for the project in the month of May. The Central and the State governments have given all necessary permission for the airport. But, work has stuck over the compensation issue. So, the government is exploring the option of BOT,” Shivtare added.

He further said, “Government will release the compensation rate of international airport land on which it wants to build the airport. We are trying to give cash compensation to project affected farmers. The government will make changes in compensation rates. Pune district collector is making a proposal under the 2013 and 2015 Land Acquisition Act. We are awaiting proposal of the deadline to acquire land for the airport from MADC. District collector has instructed MADC that they will take a call in compensation option and we will make a proposal based on their decision and forward it to the State government for the final approval and then start land acquisition process.” 

The then district collector Saurabh Rao had given various options to give compensation to project affected farmers. The options were to give one-time cash compensation settlement, to give provident funds along with development plot, to give land as compensation and to provide partnership to the landowner in the project.

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