While the state budget has allocated Rs 60 crore for rehabilitation of project-displaced persons during for the development of airports at Shirdi, Karhad, Amravati, Akola, Solapur and Chandrapur, there has been no mention of the proposed Pune international airport.
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Senior government officials said they have received an earlier allocation of Rs 100 crore for the Pune airport, which is pending with the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), and until it finalises the land and rehabilitation process is implemented, they can use the seed capital and later ask for more allocation once the clearances come through. Presently, authorities are in talks for the appropriate site after having received a technical clearance of the site proposed at Rajgurunagar area in Khed taluka of Pune district. The proposed airport has been pending for a go-ahead for some time. Several sites were scanned for the proposed airport, which has not received adequate technical clearances, and with stiff opposition from farmers at some sites, the site is yet to be finalised.
Once the site is finalised, the official said that the amount can be allocated for the same, even as the present budget does not mention any subhead for allocation for Pune airport.
The present site is being taken forward as it would involve minimum displacement of villagers, said authorities.