Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pune's new airport plan floats only on words for a decade

Pune Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan ordering a hunt for an alternative site away from Chakan for the proposed new international airport citing protests by villagers spells further delay for the airport proposed in 2000.
The increased air traffic and operational restrictions for civilian aircraft at Lohegaon airport, an IAF airbase, had propelled the new airport plan.
The CM's statement on Friday is the latest in the string of divergent statements from leaders of various political parties during the airport's journey from conception to nowhere and during which projected land acquisition cost has escalated to around Rs 1,000 crore from Rs 34 crore as projected in 2002.
16/06/13 Pranav Kulkarni/Indian Express