#Throwback2019: Purandar airport project moved at snail’s pace

Sunil Pradhan
Saturday, 28 December 2019

With the rising passenger traffic putting pressure on the current Lohegaon airport and to boost infrastructure support, Purandar airport project was planned. However, with the land acquisition process yet to begin, building the project will be pushed further ahead.

PUNE: While it is been almost four years since the announcement of developing an international airport at Purandar, the development work is yet to start and 2019 was like other years without any major development in the proposed project.

With the rising passenger traffic putting pressure on the current Lohegaon airport and to boost infrastructure support, Purandar airport project was planned. However, with the land acquisition process yet to begin, building the project will be pushed further ahead.

In September, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured that the process of land acquisition for the project will begin soon, however, raising funds for the acquisition process remains a major challenge for the government.

It was also decided earlier to appoint Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) as the nodal agency for implementing the project, while the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (Cidco) will be a major stakeholder in the SPV. It was decided that Cidco will hold 51 per cent stake in the SPV, while MADC’s stake will be 19 per cent. The remaining 30 per cent will be divided between the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA). All the stakeholders are now responsible to raise the funds required for the acquisition process. There is stiff opposition from locals villages near Purandar to part with their lands for the project which will also hamper the progress of the project.

The proposed Purandar airport is slated to come up in Pargaon Memane, Khanavdi, Munjawadi, Ekhatpur, Udachiwadi, Kumbharvalan and Vanpuri villages in Purandar region of Pune district and the district collector has also appointed seven deputy collector level officials who would head the acquisition process of 2,376 hectares of land required for the project.

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