Shirdi Airport is getting ready and it looks good already
Fourteen kilometres from Shirdi, a 70-strong team is at work on an airport that is set to transform the temple town.
A surveyor at work at the Shirdi airport.(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
The domestic and international airport will cut down travel time to Shirdi from Mumbai, 238 km and a five-hour road trip away, to just 40 minutes.
Apron Area at Shiridi Airport.(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
Funded in part by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, the airport will bring the temple town closer to pilgrims from all over the world.
Lounge area of Shiridi Airport (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
Sanctioned in 2010 as an effort to promote religious tourism, the airport is being inaugurated at a time to commemorate the 100th death anniversary of Saibaba in October 2018.
Security poses for a photo opportunity at Shiridi Airport.(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
The airport is being built at a cost of Rs 340 crore, with Rs 45 crore funded by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust and the rest by the state government. Authorities said Rs 240 crore has been utilised on the first phase.
Kakadi Village the nearest village to the airport, has no poor power connectiion and no proper running water system. The airport has brought a road, a school with classes until X and a promise to build a second one in the village.(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)