Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday sanctioned Rs 100 crore to fund the ongoing development work of the Shirdi airport. The cabinet also approved acquisition of additional 22 hectares of government land for the remaining work, over and above the 350 hectares already acquired for the airport.
Shirdi, famous for its Sai Baba temple, attracts about 15,000 devotees every day, according to government’s estimate.
The airport works are expected to be completed by next year, before the centenary celebrations of Sai Baba start. The airport would be operational by 2017-18.
An official from the general administration department said the government expects at least 6-8 chartered flights to take-off and land at the new airport every day.
The government cleared the proposal of development of the airport at Kakdi village, 15 km from Shirdi in Ahmednagar district, in June 2008.
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