Defence NOC for Purandar Airport expected in 8 days: Minister
While the flying altitude for NDA cadets has been reduced, domestic and international flights will continue to fly at a certain fixed altitude while sharing the airspace with the Air Force.pune Updated: Jan 21, 2018 14:35 IST
The process of getting a clearance from the ministry of defence (MoD), for the Purandar International Airport project near Pune is in the final stages and could be expected in the next eight days, Maharashtra’s minister of state for water resources and water conservation, Vijay Shivtare, said here on Saturday.
“Bureaucratic clearance has been given to the proposal,” Shivtare said at a press conference, adding that the government expects the final clearance from the defence ministry in the next eight days.
He said that all issues have been resolved between the defence ministry, National Defence Academy (NDA) and the civil aviation ministry over the sharing of the airspace. Civil flights from Mumbai to Hyderabad and Mumbai to Gulbarga share the air space with the Air Force and the NDA.
“Regular meetings and discussions took place between the MoD, civil aviation ministry and the NDA over the problem of using the air space. Finally, a consensus was established,” he said.
While the flying altitude for NDA cadets has been reduced, domestic and international flights will continue to fly at a certain fixed altitude while sharing the airspace with the Air Force.
Approved by the Airport Authorities of India (AAI), the proposed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport project at Purandar will be spread out over 2,400 hectares of land. The project is aimed at meeting the growing air travel demand from Pune and is expected to give a boost to the development of western Maharashtra and Marathwada.