Pune, 25th January 2024: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, has called upon officials from the Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) to formulate a comprehensive land acquisition strategy for the proposed international airport in Purandar taluka, Pune district. Fadnavis stressed the crucial need for a well-defined acquisition plan to precede the land acquisition process, with the aim of minimizing the necessity for subsequent acquisitions. He held meeting in this regard at the Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai.
The proposed plan outlines the acquisition of 3,000 acres of land from seven villages—Pargaon, Khanwadi, Munjwadi, Ekhatpur, Kumbharvalan, Vanpuri, and Udachiwadi. However, this proposal is encountering resistance from local landowners.
During a recent inspection of the new terminal building at Pune Airport, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia confirmed approval for the Purandar Airport. Scindia underscored the importance of the state swiftly acquiring the designated land to facilitate the project. Despite government assurances, the Purandar Airport project has faced protracted delays.
Fadnavis, recognizing the urgency of a new airport in Pune, highlighted its strategic significance for the Indian Air Force, which plans to introduce additional squadrons. The military considerations have posed challenges to significant expansions in civil aviation infrastructure and flights.
In addition to military needs, Fadnavis emphasized the growing demand for direct international flights from Pune. He also pointed out the interest of IT companies from Bengaluru in relocating their bases to Pune due to infrastructure challenges. Fadnavis stated that a new airport in Pune would not only address these demands but also attract investors looking to establish plants around Pune. The project’s success is crucial for the region’s economic development and aviation growth.
Despite hurdles, Fadnavis expressed optimism about overcoming challenges through collaborative efforts between the government and local stakeholders. He urged a balanced approach that respects the concerns of local landowners while emphasizing the greater benefits the airport would bring to the region.