PUNE: The Maharashtra Airport Development Authority will soon be starting the land acquisition process in Purandar taluka as the State government on Monday appointed the Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation Ltd (MADC) as special planning authority (SPA) for it and notified the 2,832-hectare land to be acquired for the development of the airport. MADC had asked the government for SPA status for the development of the proposed airport which has been named Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport.
As per a notification of the State government, the area proposed by MADC for construction of the airport has been declared as notified area after consulting with the Town Planning Directorate and is spread across villages of Vanpuri, Kumbharvalan, Udhachaiwadi, Ekhatpur, Munjavdi, Khanavdi and Pargaon in Purandar taluka.
On January 18 this year, the State government declared the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) as SPA for the metropolitan region, which included a part of the area proposed for the development of the airport. However, the MADC requested the State government to appoint it as the SPA for the 2,832-hectare land proposed for the international airport. As the SPA, the MADC would have all powers of a Planning Authority for purposes of acquisition of land in the notified area.
A copy of the plan showing the boundaries of the notified area would be available to the public during office hours on all working days at the offices of PMRDA, Pune Divisional Commissioner, Pune Collector, Joint Director of Town Planning and Managing Direct of MADC for a period of one month from date of the notification. The plan would be available on the State government website http://www.maharashtra.gov.in.
MADC Managing Director Suresh Kakani could not be contacted for his comments.