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Expedite clearances for Pune airport expansion: Gadkari to defence, civil aviation officials

[ecis2016.org] Union minister Nitin Gadkari has urged defence and civil aviation officials, to expedite the necessary clearances for the expansion of the Pune airport, which is witnessing high traffic volume

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, on January 30, 2018, said that he has directed the concerned civil aviation and defence officials, to immediately provide necessary clearances for the expansion of the Pune airport. Gadkari was chairing a prime minister-appointed infrastructure group meeting. “Air traffic from Pune has grown substantially and there is an urgent need to expand the airport,” Gadkari told PTI after the meeting. The expansion project includes construction of a new terminal building at a cost of Rs 500 crores, a multi-level car parking for Rs 120 crores and a new cargo complex at a cost of about Rs 300 crores.

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Traffic at Pune airport has doubled in the last three years, to about 8.2 million passengers per annum. The meeting was attended by railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal, telecom minister Manoj Sinha, environment minister Harsh Vardhan and power minister RK Singh, besides airport and defence officials. Gadkari said there is need for expansion of the airport, in view of increasing air traffic. Maharashtra’s food, civil supplies and parliamentary affairs minister Girish Bapat, who was also present in the meeting, said if approvals were granted, work on expansion of the airport would be initiated within three months. “We will start work on a war footing, on getting clearances. We will start work within three months,” he said.

Pune airport’s director Ajay Kumar said, “The present annual traffic at Pune airport has doubled to 8.2 million, during the last three years. There will be an annual growth rate of 20 per cent. We are going to construct a terminal building of Rs 500 crores. We are also building a multi-level car parking at a cost of about Rs 120 crores and its tender has already been floated. Bids will be opened in February end. 1,000 cars can be parked there. This is based on the PPP model.”

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Kumar added that a new cargo complex was needed and the authority has requested the Defence Ministry, for permission for using additional land.

Kumar said the state government has to transfer 15 acres of alternate land to the Defence Ministry and 10 acres to the Airport Authority. Bapat said the matter of land transfer between the Airport Authority of India and defence, has already been sent to the cabinet, for its approval.

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