If you frequently visit the temple town of Shirdi, then this might come as good news.
The six-hour road journey from Mumbai to Shirdi will be reduced to about 40 minutes if the airport plans announced by the government on Wednesday go smoothly.
The cabinet meeting at Nashik on Wednesday decided to finish the land acquisition process in two to three months.
The government has acquired 400 hectares at Shirdi, with 70 per cent land owners in agreement, spending Rs 40 crore. A greenfield project, the airport is estimated to cost Rs 263 crore and will be developed through a trust formed under the chairmanship of the chief minister.
“Shirdi sees several tourists and it is important to develop this airport soon. We are hoping to complete the project in about three years,” said Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
Another airport land acquisition at Jalgaon was also discussed. The Rs 200-crore airport will be developed by the Airport Authority of India.
“There is also a need to maintain the existing ones,” Bhujbal said. The cabinet has decided to allot Rs 30 crore for passenger services at Nashik airport and Rs 15 crore for Dhule airstrip.