The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed international airport at Pune city in the Purandar region.
The MoD has granted conditional clearance to the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) to execute the greenfield international airport project. It is estimated to cost INR100bn ($1.56bn).
As per the terms of the clearance, all civil scheduled or non-scheduled flights must be moved to new Purandar Aerodrome following the project’s operation.
The new airport is intended to address restricted flight movements in the city due to the operation of the Pune Civil Airport from the Indian Air Force (IAF) airbase at Lohegaon.
Initially, the IAF was concerned that the location and alignment of the proposed airport’s runway would affect the functionality of its Lohegaon base, which is home to the nation’s Sukhoi fleet.
The agency wanted the new runway to be exactly parallel to the runway of the Lohegaon airport.
German firm Dorsch is responsible for the preparation of the DPR and development of the new airport.
Dorsch executive was quoted by Press Trust India as saying: “The work was slow as necessary permissions from the defence ministry were pending.
“The permissions have been received a couple of days back and now the company can complete its DPR.
“The primary estimated cost of the airport is INR140bn ($2.19bn). Once the report is completed, we will come to know the actual cost.”
Land for the airport is expected to span more 2,400 acres. The acquisition of the land is estimated to cost INR20bn ($313m), according to The Economic Times.