The initial cost for the proposed Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje Pune International Airport at Purandar is expected to be approximately Rs 2,000 crore, Vishwas Patil, managing director of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), told the media in Pune on Thursday. The land component would comprise a major chunk of the package, said Patil.
Since the last three months or so, work for the proposed airport at Purandar has gained momentum after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) gave in-principal nod for the site. Currently, the primary survey of the proposed land is being undertaken, and the report will be sent to the AAI. “In case the AAI feels the need, another such survey will be conducted,” he said.
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Simultaneously, the MADC has floated tenders for a technical survey and preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) for the airport. The DPR will cost about Rs 10-12 crore and is expected to take six to seven months. While most of the details are yet to be finalised, the international airport is expected to have two runways of four kilometres each.
Patil said approximately 3,000 acres of land would be required for the airport and the state government hopes to take all stakeholder into confidence. “I appeal to people not to pay heed to rumours. During the process, we will try to avoid acquiring residential areas,” he said.
The proposed compensation package would have multiple components to allow for overall development, said District Collector Sourabh Rao. “As per the new land acquisition policy, the compensation amount would be around three times the ready reckoner rate of the land. The district collector also heads a committee which can decide to give 25 per cent higher compensation, if need be,” he said.
Currently, the ready reckoner rate in Purandar ranges between Rs 20-35 lakh. The package will also have components specifically targetted at the project affected persons. “We will educate them about the overall advantage the airport will have for the region,” said district collector Rao. Patil said in order to improve connectivity between the new airport and Pune city, two new projects to construct ring roads will also be undertaken.