Dorsch to give wings to new Pune airport

German company Dorsch will prepare the detailed project report and will also develop the new airport at Purandar. After a three-hour meeting with senior officials of the Pune district administration, MADC vice-chairman and managing director Vishwas M Patil said the company , which had prepared the DPR and developed airports in cities like Berlin, Munich, Kuwait and Frankfurt has been given the contract.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced the new airport project, named after Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, in October last year. He had said the airport will spread across an area of 2,400 hectare. The new airport, which is expected to be built at a cost of Rs.14,000 crore, will take at least five years to complete and be operational.

Patil said the acquisition of land will take place in seven villages ­ Pargaon, Udachiwadi, Vanpuri, Kumbarvan, Ekhatpur, Manjauri and Khanauri. He added that the MADC assures that the houses of the villagers would stay intact.

However, the villagers who have formed the Vimantar Virodhi Sangharsh Samarthak Sanghatan, would like to differ.

Pune collector Saurabh Rao has said that the landowners will be given a choice of compensation packages.

The villagers can study and choose the one they feel is best.There is still a lot of work to be done and the administration will hold dialogues with the landowners simultaneously in order to assure them that they will not be cheated in anyway, Rao said. Around Rs.2,000 crore is expected to be spent on land acquisition, the collector added.

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