Pune: To speed up the stuck Purandar airport project, stakeholders including defence authorities, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and minister of state for defence will soon be holding a meeting to solve issues causing delay in the project. Over a year has passed since the government announced the project in Purandar on 1,600 hectares.
This information was shared by District Collector Saurabh Rao at a press conference at new District Collectorate office near Pune station on Tuesday. Rao said there were several discussions over the runway of Purandar airport with defence authorities and they were waiting for clearance from the latter for the runway issue. The concerns of defence authorities were addressed by Airport Authority of India and a report was submitted to Ministry of Defence (MoD). "Once we get approval of MoD we will start land acquisition process," added Rao.
The collector said a German company is working on making the development plans related to Purandar airport. "To speed up the process, a German company was appointed to look after the cargo-related issues, connecting roads to Baramati, Pune city and other issues," added Rao.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently announced that Singapore's Changi Airport will assist in the project.
Land requested from IAF
Regarding the issue of 15 acres land requested by the airport authorities from the Indian Air Force (IAF) near Lohegaon airport, Collector Saurabh Rao said he has submitted different options to the government. "Airport authority had requested for 15 acres of land from IAF for a parking facility and other reasons and in turn IAF asked for 15 acres of land at a prime location which currently costs Rs 100 crore. Earlier 2,200 acres of land was given by the state to IAF and so they can part with 15 acres of land free of cost. If that option does not work then we can allot 15 acres of land to IAF at a village about 6 km from the Lohegaon Airport. If that option does not work the government will have to pay Rs 100 crore so we can hand over 15 acres of land desired by IAF to be allocated to airport authority," added Rao.