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‘Agonising wait’ for new airport to continue
ST Correspondent | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 AT 04:54 PM IST
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PUNE: Pune's 'agonising wait' for a new international airport project to kick off is expected to continue.

The Centre on Tuesday made it clear it will not be able to give any time frame at this juncture about the completion of the proposed international airport project in Pune.

“A team of officers from Airports Authority of India (AAI) visited the proposed site for the Chakan International Airport at Rajguru Nagar and the pre-feasibility report has been submitted to Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC),” the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, KC Venugopal told BJP MP Prakash Javdekar in the Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday.

According to him, out of the two sites identified by MADC one site was preferred subject to rerouting of Bhima river and minor hill-cutting in approaches and subject to obstacle survey.

“Recently, a new site has been proposed by MADC close to the preferred site and its suitability is being studied by AAI,” the union minister added stating if the site is found suitable, MADC will have to take it up with the concerned authorities for site clearance and so no time frame for completion of the project can be finalised at this stage.

The proposed international airport project has been hanging fire for over nine years due to various problems. Initially, a site was zeroed in at Chakan area but due to protests from the local farmers, it had to be scrapped due to land acquisition problems.

In this financial year's budget, the State government has allocated about Rs 200 crore for the proposed Pune international airport project that would be used for land acquisition.

 
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Aaha Abraham - Tuesday, 18 August 2015 AT 09:20 AM IST
Why can,t we little more liberal in decision about compensation to farmers in oreder to settle this issue. However this move will be a kick off to our industries and their by our goverment as far as growth is concerned
 
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