Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, in his address to the Maharashtra legislative assembly on Friday, shared significant updates on various airports and related matters across the state.
He announced that Navi Mumbai airport is slated to commence operations next year. Furthermore, the state government will establish an authority for efficient airport management, and a decision on this matter will be reached within the next three months.
Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan raised concerns about the limited operational airports in the state, with only 7 out of 18 currently functional. He emphasized the increasing necessity of air travel and expressed disappointment over the limited connectivity from Mumbai to other cities in the state.
During the deliberations, CLP leader Balasaheb Thorat highlighted the challenges faced by Shirdi airport, including the lack of facilities for night landing and the need for improved amenities. DCM Fadnavis assured that the issues related to night landing will be addressed by taking up the matter with Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia. Additionally, he acknowledged the need for a new terminal building at Shirdi airport and assured the members of the house that proper amenities would be provided.
The assembly members raised similar concerns about other airports in the state, with MLA Pranati Shinde mentioning restrictions due to a bird sanctuary affecting the start of Solapur airport.
In response to the members' suggestions and concerns, DCM Fadnavis acknowledged that the work at Nanded and Latur airports had stalled due to non-payment of dues by the assigned company. He assured that the Advocate General's opinion would be sought, and efforts would be made to expedite the work on these airports.
In conclusion, Fadnavis reaffirmed the government's commitment to proper airport management and announced the formation of an authority dedicated to this purpose within the next three months.