In a strategic move to enhance the operational capacity of Lohegaon airport, Ajit Pawar, the Pune district guardian minister, has instructed the Pune district collector to initiate the acquisition process for 135 acres of private land. This development aims to support the opening of a new terminal at the airport, scheduled to commence operations in the near future.
During his visit to the Lohegaon airport on Friday, Pawar conducted a comprehensive review of the upcoming terminal. Recognizing the potential to accommodate more international flights at the existing site, he directed the district collector to expedite the acquisition of the designated land.
The financial responsibility for this significant expansion will be distributed among key stakeholders. Ajit Pawar revealed that the state government will cover 60% of the land cost, with the Pune Municipal Corporation contributing 20%. The remaining 20% will be shared equally between the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).
This proactive step is expected to not only enhance the airport’s capacity but also boost the region’s connectivity and economic development. The collaborative effort between the government and local authorities underscores a commitment to progress and modernization in Pune’s aviation infrastructure.