Kolhapur airport expansion to be delayed
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 00:38
Kolhapur: The proposed expansion of the city airport is likely to be delayed due to land acquisition related hassles.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has asked the Maharashtra Government to acquire land for the project and pay for it.

Local MP Sadashiv Mandlik had written a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel about land acquisition for expansion of the airport in November last year.

In his reply, Patel sent a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, with a copy to the MP, stating the state should buy land and pay adequate compensation.

The district administration has identified 223 hectares to be bought from farmers at a cost of Rs 80 crore.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) owns the airport and had given it to Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on a lease that expires in 2012. The project is getting delayed on the question of who will pay the land cost.

The AAI says MIDC should acquire the land, but the latter states it was not in a position to pay the cost.

The question of who should pay the land cost is delaying the expansion, said Mandlik. He said the representatives of Kolhapur district should collectively push for the project and ensure that the monetary problem was solved at the earliest.


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 00:38

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