Expedite Construction Of New Pune International Airport: MCCIA Pune Writes To PM Modi, CM Thackeray

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Pune, 12th November 2021: The lack of an independent airport for the Pune region, which is an education, IT and industrial hub, has been often pointed out as a drawback for the development.

The current Pune airport near Viman Nagar operates out of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Station. It has restricted timing for flights. And an international airport for Pune has been in pipeline for over two decades now. The proposed airport near Purandar, about 30 km from Pune, is yet to see the light of the day.

Now Pune-based Maratha Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), a non-government association which caters to the needs of industries in the Western Maharashtra, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray highlighting the urgency of the Civil Aviation needs for Pune and neighboring districts.

MCCIA president Sudhir Mehta gave information in this regard on Twitter.

“We have requested both Central and State Government to intervene on the following headers

1) Encourage Domestic Airlines to re-start international flights from #Pune to both eastern and western hubs.

2) Start an International Cargo Terminal that is imperative for a manufacturing and industrial hub like #Pune

3) Expedite Expansion & Extension of the current runaway.

4) Expedite construction of an Independent Civilian International Airport for the #Pune Region

Meanwhile, Pune airport officials said that the current infrastructure is being upgraded at a cost of Rs 475 crores and it will cater to needs of the Pune region for the coming years. It will be ready to use by 2022.