Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday announced that a team of Airport Authority of India (AAI) has approved of a proposed site in Purandar tehsil for Pune international airport.
A team of 15 members which includes members of the Airport Authority of India, and that of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company had reviewed several villages as to determine an ideal spot for the airport. Finally, the team approved Purandar tehsil as a suitable site for the long awaited Pune international airport.
A leading business daily quoted Fadnavis as saying: “The team of AAI, which had conducted feasibility survey of proposed land in Purandar tehsil, has given its approval and AAI has agreed that the land is suitable. Since the approval has come, we will now start the further process and we are happy that the local people too are positive about the airport.”
He also added that the government would now hold a meeting with the Airport Development Authority of Maharashtra.
He said, “We would carry out the necessary technical surveys for the site as it has been cleared by the AAI and we have got a positive feedback from the people who seem to willing to part with their land for the airport.”
The AAI will now carry out a ground level obstacle survey and this will be helpful for the officials as to determine the terrain and aeronautical aspects of the site. Meanwhile, the state government will prepare a plan to rehabilitate locals who are potentially affected by this project.
The Pune district administration is evaluating “feasible rehabilitation models”, with a main focus on the Kochi international airport model as this has been a trendsetter in offering a rehabilitation package to those affected from the project.
Though the state government had initially considered Khed teshil for the airport, and the AAI had surveyed two sites there, later the the focus shifted to Purandar tehsil, about 42 km away from the city.