AAI Pune to acquire 25 acres for expansion of airport through TDR
A senior AAI official said that development works worth Rs 1,000 crore will start in the next one and a half years after the land has been acquired.pune Updated: Aug 31, 2018 16:56 IST
The expansion work of Lohegaon International Airport appears to be gaining momentum with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) taking decision on land acquisition.
A senior AAI official at Pune airport, requesting anonymity, said, “We will be acquiring 25 acres needed for the expansion of the airport in the city on Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) model. The urban development department (UDD) has made modifications for the purpose of acquisition in the exempted plan.”
The official said that development works worth ₹1,000 crore will start in the next one and a half years after the land has been acquired.
The much-awaited clearance from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the work of expansion of Lohegaon international airport was finally given to the AAI, Pune in March.
Nitin Gadkari, Union transport minister and chairman of the infrastructure committee, had asked the state government to immediately transfer 25 acres of land to IAF and AAI. Out of the 25 acres, IAF will receive 15 acres in lieu of the 15.84 acres which the IAF had given to AAI, while the remaining 10 acres will go to AAI. The expansion project includes construction of a new terminal building at a cost of ₹500 crore, a multilevel car parking for ₹120 crore and a new cargo complex at a cost of about ₹300 crore.
Another official from operations department at the Pune airport said, “Considering the consistent increase in the number of passengers travelling from the Pune airport, expansion of the airport has become the need of the hour. With the central government keen on developing the Pune airport, works related to expansion is going on in full swing.”
With over 80 flights operating from Lohegaon airport on daily basis, the airport currently handles around 15,000 passengers every day.
First Published: Aug 31, 2018 16:54 IST