Shirdi is all set to get a new airport as the state government in the legislative council on Monday cleared the decks to allow the managing trust to release Rs 50 crore for the same.
Amidst a heated debate, where the Opposition benches accused the state of trying to utilise temple money to serve rich devotees, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan denied any such vested interest.
“Our concern is to improve facilities to benefit devotees,” Chavan said. He said for decades the second richest trust in the country with an annual income of Rs 300 crore had already constructed bus depots, rest houses as well as hospitals.
“We want to give religious tourism a boost,” Chavan said.