Aviation

Shirdi airport to be ready by November: Official

SHIRDI: The construction of Shirdi airport is nearing completion and the facility will be ready by the first week of November, a top official of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) said today.

“Work on Shirdi airport is in the final stages. The air traffic control (ATC) will be ready by the first week of November. It is set to be launched any time after November 1,” Vishwas Patil, Managing Director of MADC told reporters here

At present, work on the terminal building spread over 3,000 sq mtr is in progress and will be completed by November, he said.

“Initially, the flight operations will be restricted between sunrise and sunset and the night landing facility will be installed by January 15, 2017. Once the flight operations start, devotees of from across the world will be able to fly to Shirdi (to visit the famous Saibaba shrine here),” Patil said.

Out of the total cost of Rs 325 crore, the MADC has spent Rs 230 crore so far on the airport, he added.

“The airport crash tender imported from Austria at a cost of Rs five crore is ready. This ultra modern vehicle can reach any part of the airport within one and half minutes,” he said.

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