Pune: Officials of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) will soon start the work of preparing the Detailed Project Report(DPR) for the Purandar international airport, which was stuck as there was less clarity on the part of the land to be acquired in Purandar for the project. On Wednesday, officials of the district collectorate, MADC, civil aviation and others held a meeting to find solutions to the land acquisition issue.
District Collector Saurabh Rao on Tuesday had said that about 2,367 hectares of land will be required for the airport. Of this 2,367 hectares, about 200 hectares is government and forest land but the remaining land requirement has to be fulfilled through land acquisition from farmers of seven villages in Purandar. Rao said that 1,100 hectares of land will be required for building the main airport while the ancillary facilities like cargo, restaurants and hotels will require 1,267 hectares of land.
Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday in Mumbai, MADC Managing Director Suresh Kakani said, “It was first such meeting to discuss the land acquisition issue and different land acquisition models were shared with the officials. Once the government approves a particular model, the process of land acquisition will start along with our work.” Kakani said that they will resume work on preparing the DPR soon. “Earlier, there was no clarity on the part of the land to be acquired and hence, the DPR work was temporarily stopped. Now, as things are getting clear we are hoping for a smooth progress in the project,” added Kakani.
Rao has stressed on direct settlement plan for land acquisition. “Either we can go for direct purchase which will be sooner and can accelerate the progress of the airport project or we can compensate by giving the farmers an alternate land. A higher FSI will not work for the farmers as the area is not so developed and hence, the farmers will have to be compensated by giving more land.
“We will require about 2,800 to 3,000 hectares of land once we chose the second model of compensating the farmers by giving them an alternate piece of land,” added Rao.