Nod to new Lohegaon airport road

Defence Ministry Clears Project, PMC To Undertake Construction Work
The defence ministry has approved the construction of another road leading to the Lohegaon airport, paving the path to ease congestion on the approach path to the terminal.The 400m road will pass through a private land. It would stretch towards the VIP Road in one direction and towards Vimannagar on the other, running parallel to the existing road through defence land. The road will originate from the Parking number-2 of the airport, said MP Anil Shirole, the chairman of the Pune Airport Advisory Committee.

Serious discussions on constructing the new road were on for quite sometime.The office of the Union defence minister has now gi ven a go-ahead to the construction of the road along the perimeter wall of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

It has been decided that the IAF would give land not exceeding 20m in width from its existing boundary wall.The security wall would be constructed exactly at a distance of 20m from the wall.The new security wall would have to be constructed before the demolition of the existing boundary wall. The IAF has sought proper security measures during the construction of the road. A small portion of the ex isting boundary has to be broken for the mobilization of labourers and machineri es through a gate. The IAF has reportedly sent a letter to the director of the Lohega on airport stating that a se curity guard should man the gate to monitor authorized entry and exit of workers. It stated vetting of all workers by the local police was AAI’s responsibility . The letter al so stated that the entire area should be properly barrica ded and fenced during the ex ecution phase of the road.Shirole said, “The Pune . Municipal Corporation (PMC) is supposed to construct the new road. A letter has been sent to PMC, asking it to start the road construc tion without delay . The AAI (Airports Authority of In dia), too, has been intimated about the same. With air traffic in the airport increasing with each passing year, there was a need of a new road to the airport because there was too much pressure on the existing approach road.“

Attempts to contact senior PMC officials proved futile, but a source said the planning on how to go about the road construction would be done shortly .

“A definite time as to when the construction will start or end cannot be given now. But the project will be executed soon,“ an official told TOI requesting anonymity .

The Pune airport at present witnesses movement of 140 aircraft on a daily basis.Last year, it catered to 55 lakh people. This year, the figure is already more than 65 lakh.

Source : TOI