The state government on Friday decided to build an airport in Naxalite-hit Gadchiroli.
Sudhir Thakre, secretary (aviation), told Hindustan Times that Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has given his go-ahead and asked Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation to start working on it.
Thakre said acquiring land would not be a problem as the government has its plot of 600 hectares available near Gadchiroli in eastern Vidarbha. “Since some of the land has zudpi forest (wild plants), we will need the Centre’s clearance.”
The secretary said the Gadchiroli collector would prepare a proposal for the Centre.
“We are confident that the Centre will approve the land acquisition because new airport will ensure faster mobility of security forces to the Naxalite-hit areas.”
Thakre said the airport would propel industrial development in the backward region. The government will make a financial provision for the project in next year’s budget.