Pune: Land acquisition for the planned international airport at Purandare Pune is now being decided under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation Land Acquisition Act. Against this backdrop, the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (Maharashtra Airport Development Company – MADC) and the District Administration have directed Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao to hand over documentary reports on all steps taken so far regarding the airport project.
State Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the airport project will be done at the old site of Purandar. Besides, the administration has been instructed to take action in this regard. Accordingly, Divisional Commissioner Rao recently held a meeting with Collector, MADC, MIDC and Deputy Collector level officials assigned for land acquisition. Rao directed to hand over all the detailed reports of scheduled land survey numbers related to the old site of Purandar airport to MIDC.
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The map prepared by the district administration for the proposed airport project, the survey numbers of the affected village constituencies have been shared with MADC and MIDC will also prepare individual maps with its help. This will help in issuing notifications. Meanwhile, further steps will be taken to acquire the land after the announcement of the notification and the process of land valuation will be initiated. In this meeting it was decided that options for land acquisition would be determined through this process in collaboration with the district administration and MADC.
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The seven villages identified for Purandar Airport are Khanwadi, Ekhatpur, Kumbharvalan, Pargaon, Munjwadi, Udachiwadi and Vanpuri. These villages come under Purandar Upsa irrigation scheme and will be totally affected. As a result, local residents are against giving land. Gram panchayats of seven villages have passed separate resolutions opposing Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis. Against this backdrop, the administration is keen to determine compensation options for affected areas such as Navi Mumbai or Kochi Airport, along with the Samriddhi Highway.
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Regarding the progress of the airport project, the Divisional Commissioner directed the MADC to submit to the MIDC the survey, numbered and calculated maps, layouts and village paper reports for land acquisition. Accordingly, the possibility of land acquisition under the MIDC Land Acquisition Act cannot be ruled out. – Deepak Nalabhde (Coordination Officer, MADC)