PUNE: Work on the expansion of Pune airport in Lohegaon received a boost after Union Minister of Roads, Transports and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday directed Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao to acquire the land and hand it over to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Indian Air Force (IAF).
A detailed presentation was given by Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and other government departments on various development projects to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Nitin Gadkari, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Guardian Minister Girish Bapat. Members of Parliaments (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) were also present at the event in the city.
“The expansion of the Pune airport is still pending and the road widening, parking as well as the new terminal building work is yet to start. The Defence Ministry is ready to hand over the land to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which in turn, would give it to the AAI,” said Gadkari.
In February, Chairman of Infrastructure Committee, Nitin Gadkari, had asked the State government to immediately transfer 25 acres of land to IAF and AAI.
Out of the 25 acres, the IAF will receive 15 acres of land in lieu of the 15.84 acres, which the IAF had given to the AAI, while the remaining 10 acres will go to the AAI.
Ajay Kumar, Director, Pune airport, told Sakal Times, “I requested the Union minister that the process of handing over of the land should be expedited. If the process starts now, the new terminal building will be completed by December 2020.”
“The passenger growth in April was 29 per cent, which indicated that the 10 million passenger mark could be achieved this year,” he said.
OTHER ROAD PROJECTS
Gadkari said the process of detailed project plans and issuing of tenders for 25 city-related projects with an estimated cost of Rs 22,834 crore is underway. Currently, four projects are being undertaken such as the building of 477 km roads, while six road projects of 344 km length have been completed.
The projects such as the development of the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi and Sant Tukaram Palkhi routes, an integrated road at Chandni Chowk, the six-lane tunnel in Khambatki Ghat, flyover in Solapur, works on Kolhapur-Ratnagiri NH 166 and NH 60 from Nashik Phata to Khed are in the tender phase. He has issued necessary orders for these works to be completed and has issued instructions for land acquisitions for the palkhi routes to be completed before May 31.
The widening of the road leading to the entrance of the Pune airport is still pending, as land has not been acquired yet. A proposed new road connecting the airport’s main entrance to the road near the Puru Housing Society will link with Yerawada Road and decongest traffic around the airport. It is 1 km long and 30 metres wide and will pass through 6-7 properties. Another road from the airport parking via Viman Nagar to Ahmednagar Road will be 24 metres wide.