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Air Deccan, Jet and Indian likely to start operations to Shirdi.


MADC in talks with NRIs in Dubai for charter flights - By Krupa Vora | Mumbai


Monday, August 13, 2007, 10:00 Hrs [iST]


Air Deccan, Jet Airways and Indian are likely to add Shirdi to their route networks as the airport gears up for operations, starting 2009. Shirdi is poised to have daily flights from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Subsequently, charter flights from the Middle East region will be initiated at the airport owing to the huge demand from visitors. Group of NRIs based in Dubai is seeking to start charter operations to Shirdi. But, initially charters will be permitted to land once a week. Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) will soon be initiating talks with the Bureau of Immigration Services and Ministry of Home Affairs for arrangement of immigration facilities at the airport.


"Initially, we are targeting a minimum of 10 flights a day. On a daily basis, Shirdi receives about 6,000 to 8,000 visitors, while the traffic on Thursday and Sunday increases to about 12,000 visitors," informs R C Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, MADC. The land identified to construct the airport by MADC is 500 hectares, with a well-connected road network of about 13-14 kilometers from the famous shrine of Sai Baba. Investment for the airport project is between Rs 80 to Rs 100 crore. The airport will have a single airstrip of 3,200 meters in length by 45 meters in width, well equipped with night landing facilities and will be able to accommodate small aircraft. MADC will also concentrate on non-aviation income, where it will focus on developing four-star hotels, restaurants, shopping facilities, as well as transport facilities. In terms of transport services, MADC is planning to give locals displaced by the project, an opportunity to start taxi services. Initially, the airport will be managed by MADC and a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model may be considered later once the airport registers a profit.




MADC to set up trust to develop Shirdi Airport


Monday, August 25, 2008, 12:00 Hrs [iST]


Airport expected to start operations by March 2011 - By Krupa Vora | Mumbai


Land for Shirdi Airport, which is to be developed by Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) has been identified at Kakdi village about 15 kms. from the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi. MADC will develop the airport, which received approval from the Government of Maharashtra in June this year, under an unique model, whereby it will set up a trust, ‘Shri Sai Baba Airport Charitable Trust’ (SSBACT). SSBACT will give MADC the rights to manage the airport once the airport is operational. The development of the airport will incur an investment of Rs 200 crore and is expected to begin operations by March 2011.


The SSBACT will have nine members comprising seven government officials and two private players. The government officials will include the Collector of Ahmednagar, Commissioner of Nashik, CEO of Sai Baba Temple Charitable Trust and heads of the various trade associations of Maharashtra. “The trust will be formed by the end of this month and the work on the airport will begin once the trust is formed,” informed R C Sinha, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC).


Acquisition of around 400 hectares of land needed for the airport will soon be started by the Ahmednagar Collector. For now, Aurangabad, 144 kilometres, or 90 miles away, remains the nearest airport.


As soon as the airport starts its operations, SSBACT will give MADC the rights to manage the airport. According to MADC sources, the work on the airport will start after the formation of the trust; it will be formed by the end of September 2008.


Interestingly, the trust can accept donations from the devotees and donor can benefit through tax exemptions. “We are currently awaiting approvals from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Ministry of Defence. We will soon invite consultants for the airport design,” added Sinha.


The airport will be highly useful and give a boost to Shirdi, a popular pilgrim destination in the state. Shirdi receives close to 10,000 devotees on a daily basis and close to 15,000 to 20,000 devotees on Thursdays and Sundays. The airport will have a single airstrip of 3,200 metres in length by 45 metres in width, well equipped with night landing facilities and will be able to accommodate small aircraft. Plans are also afoot to start charter flights to Shirdi once the airport is operational.



Kingfisher Airlines offers an all inclusive fare for travel from Mumbai to Nashik


Thursday, February 05, 2009, 16:00 Hrs [iST] By TBM Staff | Mumbai


Kingfisher Airlines has come up with a value proposition for travellers for its Mumbai-Nashik flights. The airline is offering an all inclusive fares starting at Rs 885 for travel from Nashik to Mumbai and Rs 883 from Mumbai to Nashik. Passengers can now avail these ‘Value fares’ by planning their travel in advance. According to a report in Business Wire India, the flight will leave Mumbai Airport at 5:50 am and arrive at Nashik at 6:40 am. The return flight will leave Nashik at 4:30 pm and arrive at Mumbai at 5:20 pm. Passengers from Nashik can now get onward connections to Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and London from Mumbai and it is now possible for Mumbai based passengers to visit Shirdi and return on the same day.




Environment ministry asks for details on Shirdi Airport Project

Press Trust of India - 13:27 HRS IST

Archana Jyoti


New Delhi, 2 Aug 2009 (PTI) Devotees of Sai Baba will have to wait some more to fly to Shirdi in Maharashtra as the proposed airport is yet to pass the green test by the Union Environment Ministry, which has sought details of steps the developer intends to take to address concerns such as Air and Noise pollution.


The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) is planning to develop the Rs 315-crore airport on 300 acres of land, about 3 km from the shrine in Ahmednagar, spread across Sonewadi and Savalivihirbudruk villages.


The state government which had given "in-principle" approval to the project last year will provide 80 per cent of the land for the project and MADC will acquire the remaining 20 per cent.


However,Union Environment Ministry at a recent meeting asked the project proponent to a hold public hearing as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006 and address issues raised by public in the Environmental Management Plan, before it could be given a go ahead.


The Ministry has also sought details of the steps the developer plans to take to mitigate the noise and air pollution in the region due to the greenfield airport which is expected to become operational by 2011.


"Details on resettlement of affected habitats, waste disposal plans and impact of the airport on the nearby settlements have also been asked to submit before the project is given green signal," an environment ministry official said.


Shridi, a religious and tourist place, is witnessing increased traffic flow which reaches to about half a million people during auspicious days, weekends and public holidays, MADC said while seeking approval for the project.


Considering the need and future growth of religious tourism in Shirdi, a Greenfield airport to take care of domestic as well as international traffic is essential, the MADC said.


The Development Plan of Shirdi prepared in 1992 also envisages having an airport for Shirdi, it noted.


The airport will have a terminal building, cafeteria, airline offices, parking, a 3,000-metre long runway and night landing facility.


MADC will also construct a one-km two-lane road from Shirdi-Kopargaon road to the airport site. A 50-room hotel facility would be set up through a private developer adjacent to the airport, the company said.


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Bus Terminals to come up on Mill Land in Mumbai

Sandeep Ashar / DNAThursday, August 6, 2009 2:43 IST


Mumbai: Special terminals at Senapati Bapat Marg in Lower Parel will, in all likelihood, replace Dadar as the hub of all outstation road travel in the next few years. Driving the change will be mill lands.



If all goes as planned, state and private transport buses, which currently operate from the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road outside the Dadar truck terminus, will be shifted to specially designed terminals to be built on mill lands. So would be Pune and Goa bound private taxis, and the Mumbai-Shirdi bound buses currently plying from Senapati Bapat Marg.


The BMC has received proposals from owners of almost all mills being redeveloped in the area, offering to create public parking lots in return of additional FSI. Development control regulations were recently modified to let private parties develop public parking lots. Space to accommodate a minimum of 50 vehicles will earn up to 50% of the built-up parking area as incentive FSI.


Based on the proposals, a parking space to accommodate more than 6,000 vehicles could be arranged for at Senapati Bapat Marg, said a senior civic official from the road department. The possibility has made a special five-member committee instruct mill owners to dedicate this space for creating bus and taxi terminals.

A truck terminus is also being planned at one of the mills.




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