AAI to get 21 acres for expansion of Lohegaon airport, parking lot

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Pune: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will soon get about 21 acres land for expansion of Lohegaon airport as the process is in the final stage of approval at the office of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 

Pune: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will soon get about 21 acres land for expansion of Lohegaon airport as the process is in the final stage of approval at the office of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 

AAI had requested for 15 acres for expansion of its terminal building at Lohegaon airport and six acres for building a parking facility. While the 15 acre land belongs to IAF, the six acre land is privately owned. District Collector Saurabh Rao said IAF was ready to part with its 15 acres of land only if they are provided with another 15 acres near the airport. 

Earlier, the collector submitted three suggestions to the government to get the 15 acres from the IAF. These are that IAF will give away land sought by AAI for free as the land was earlier handed over to IAF by the State government, or the government should pay for a 15 acre private land which was sought by IAF in return of their land, or the government must give 15 acres land to IAF in Lohegaon. Later, all three options were set aside. 

"We communicated to the Urban Development Department and thought of granting(Transferable Development Rights) TDR to the private land requested by IAF. Pune Municipal Corporation is in the process of preparing a development plan and TDR can be allocated to the land which IAF wants. As the land which IAF wants falls in no development zone, the Urban Development Department has asked the Chief Minister to provide exemption on the land sought by IAF so that IAF hands over 15 acre to AAI. An exemption plan also needs to be submitted for the six acre land required by AAI for building a parking facility. The six acres are adjacent to the airport and once a parking facility is built traffic chaos will reduce," added Rao.  

Related News