Monday, December 13, 2010

60% Of Shirdi Airports Runway Completed

60% Of Shirdi Airports Runway Completed - For More News Visit: December 11, 2010

SHIRDI: Work on the Shirdi airport project, which is coming up on 400 hectare land at Kakadi village, 11 km from Shirdi, is progressing at a fast pace. The airport is expected to become operational by December 2011.

Officials of the state government-owned Maharashtra Airport Development Company said, 60 per cent work on the runway has been completed. It will be fully ready by March next year. The Single Runway will be 60 meters wide & 2,000 metres long. Construction of a 10-ft high, 11-km boundary wall has also been taken up. A two-lane road from Shirdi to the airport is also being constructed.

Earlier, work on the airport project had been held up due to land acquisition problems. The state government, however, managed to acquire 750 acres from 712 farmers of Kakadi village. A development plan was prepared and, in the first phase, work on the runway costing Rs 74 crore was started. Construction of the Terminal building is expected to commence next month for which the cost is estimated to be around Rs 40 crore.

The Rs 340-crore airport project is vital for the state government's effort to promote Shirdi for religious tourism. About 80,000 devotees visit the temple town every day and the numbers go up to 2.5 to 3 lakh per day during vacations, festival seasons and weekend holidays. At present, the Aurangabad airport is the nearest airport for devotees planning to travel by air to the temple town. Initially, the Shirdi airport will operate only domestic flights. Daily flights are being planned to and from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Hyderabad.

According to an MADC survey, about 2.5 lakh people from Mumbai are expected to travel by air to Shirdi within a year of the airport becoming operational. Similarly, about three lakh people from Hyderabad are also expected to travel by air to Shirdi within a year's time. The airport will also benefit farmers of the region as cargo services are planned to be started from there.

Source: Times of India
Credits: Article By - Rohit Behal

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