Pune: No concrete decision could be taken in the meeting held on Friday (August 28) in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar regarding land acquisition and compensation for the international airport planned at Purandar. MLA Sanjay Jagtap opposed the airport site during the meeting and demanded that an alternative site should be fixed in the Purandar tehsil itself.
The Purandar International Airport has already been approved by the state government and Ministry of Defense. However, acquisition of land required for the airport, determination of compensation options for farmers and approval of such issues have been pending for the last two years. As a result, the work of the airport can't be carried out despite all the approvals.
A meeting was held in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Pawar to sort out these issues. All eyes were on this meeting about what would be decided in this meeting, but no concrete decision was taken. The meeting was attended by Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh, MLA Sanjay Jagtap, officials of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) and Revenue Department officials.
MLA Jagtap said farmers in seven villages affected by the airport project have horticultural areas. Instead, there is no problem in setting up the airport in the area of Pandeshwar, Rise and Pise, two kilometres east of the present proposed site. He also said that the land required for the project can be acquired from these three villages.
Divisional Commissioner Rao said, "Most of the land required for the project has been surveyed. Permission has also been obtained from the Central and State Governments and the Ministry of Defense. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to change the site. These three villages will be included during the future airport expansion."
Pawar directed Rao to show MLA Jagtap all the records related to the project from the MADC's Mumbai office, as well as the findings of the Airports Authority of India.