Ministry of Defence gives NOC to international airport at Purandar
Regular meetings and discussions took place between the MoD, civil aviation ministry and NDA over the problem of usage of airspace. Finally, a consensus was established, said Shivtare.pune Updated: Jan 24, 2018 14:37 IST
The long wait for the clearance from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the proposed international airport at Purandar is finally over. The MoD finally gave its green signal to the airport on Tuesday evening.
CS Gupta, executive director (technical), Maharashtra Airports Development Comapny (MADC), said “After a long wait, we have finally received the no objection certificate (NOC) from the MoD on Tuesday. All the issues which created a hindrance in the project have been cleared and the NOC has been granted to the project.”
“The NOC given for the Purandar airport is indeed a moment of happiness for the entire state and especially for the people of my constituency of Purandar. I have been monitoring the development very closely and I express my sincere gratitude to our minister of defence Nirmala Sitharaman for having approved the project,” said Vijay Shivtare, minister of state for water resources and water conservation.
Vijay Shivtare, who also represents the Purandar constituency, had earlier said, “All issues have been resolved between the defence ministry, National Defence Academy (NDA) and the civil aviation ministry over sharing of the airspace. Bureaucratic clearance has been given to the proposal and the government expects the final clearance from the defence ministry in the next eight days.”
Regular meetings and discussions took place between the MoD, civil aviation ministry and NDA over the problem of usage of airspace. Finally, a consensus was established, said Shivtare.
Civil flights from Mumbai to Hyderabad and Mumbai to Gulbarga share air space with the Indian Air Force and NDA.
Approved by the Airport Authorities of India (AAI), the proposed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport project at Purandar will be spread over 2,400 hectares.
The project is aimed at meeting the growing air travel demand from Pune and is expected to give a major boost to the development of western Maharashtra and Marathwada.