Pune: The Singapore government will help the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) in the development process of the Purandar airport which will be built by MADC. Officials of MADC said that while Singapore’s Changi Airport Group which has built the Changi Airport, will also provide its support to build the Purandar airport, the Singapore government has assured to provide guidance to MADC during the development of the airport.
A memorandum of understanding was also signed recently between Singapore government and the Maharashtra government.
The MADC has assigned the work of preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed international airport at Purandar to German firm Dorsch and once the DPR is ready, it will be viewed by officials of the Singapore government who will also help the development of Pune metropolitan region. The consultancy will analyse the hydrology and topography of the 2,500 hectares of proposed airport land.
Suresh Kakani, Managing Director of MADC said that Singapore government will help in knowledge sharing for the development of the airport. “They have the best technology which can be leveraged for the development of Purandar airport. The Changi airport is one of the best in the world when it comes to handling operations, footfall and use of technology and hence, we will take their help,” added Kakani.
Speaking about the things to be replicated for Purandar airport from Changi airport, Kakani said that there is need to develop a system to handle high footfall.
“Technology can be used to bring less human interface on the airport. Similarly, to handle operations in the airport, there must be the swift management of air passengers. These days, passengers have to reach early to the airport and also take about 30 minutes to get out of the airport. This time needs to be reduced to increase operational efficiency,” he added.
Speaking about Purandar airport to be used for cargo transport, Kakani said that cargo handling will be a major part of operations at Purandar airport.
“Pune is connected at the national and international level and hence, lot of transfer of goods is expected. Agricultural products like flowers and fruits can be transported at a faster rate at national and international level,” he added.