guardian minister Girish Bapat stated that the new Pune airport at Purandar
taluka will take at least five years or more to be built and become
operational. He also proclaimed about the expansion plan for the existing
airport in Lohegaon. The Lohegaon airport was in sync with the new airport
project and will take five years to be ready.
are aware of the statement by Maharashtra's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
earlier stating that the new airport would be operational within three years.
Clearly, Bapat's statement goes against the claims made by Devendra Fadnavis.
authorities of Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) have
announced that the new airport in Pune would be ready by 2019, even before the
one at Navi Mumbai.
Lately, the ministry of defence handed around
15.84 acres of land to Airports Authority of India (AAI) for its expansion.
Also, the compensation benefits package for the landowners is being created in
a way that landowners themselves will want to turn up to readily accept it.
the other hand, the aviation experts and the business community feel that this
could create confusion and delay in the project would impact the expansion
plans. As the air traffic in the city is growing every year it will be too much
to handle for the existing airport.
to the stats in terms of growth, the airport shows a growth of 23% during
2015-16. Presently, it handles 142 scheduled flights and around 16 new flights
of various airlines in a queue waiting for slots.
clearly means that the existing airport cannot handle a lot of air and
passenger traffic and this delaying will add more confusion making the matter
been 10 years that People of Pune and western Maharashtra have pinned their
hopes on Purandar airport. Today, it is important that the CM gives a clarity
to the situation rather than the ministers coming out with new extended deadlines
and creating chaos as this could directly affect the 2019 Lok Sabha poll