The Maharashtra government plans to develop at least 21 small airports in a phased manner as part of its ‘Make In Maharashtra’ campaign within four years so that commercial air services can be started, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said here o August 10.

Speaking to reporters, he said that a meeting to take stock of the functioning of all 28 airports in the state, including the biggest commercially operated airport in Mumbai, besides the ones in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad, was held at the Mantralaya, adding, Chandrapur would also get a greenfield airport in the coming years, reports Economic Times.

“To boost our ‘Make In Maharashtra’ project, we have decided to connect industrial cities and district headquarters with air services. To achieve our target, airstrips at some small airports would be required to be extended by at least 1,500 metres, in order to ensure at least small aircraft can land there,” he said.


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