Title : Need for
taking over of Kolhapur Airport by Airport Authority of India.
SHRI S.D. MANDLIK (KOLHAPUR): The Kolhapur air port is located in
agricultural production zone. The items
like flowers, mango’s of various varities, hand crafted goods, variety of
Jaugary and hand crafted silver ornaments are being exported from Kolhapur and
surrounding districts like Sangli and Ratnagiri through Mumbai Air Terminal.
In addition to
above various industrial machine and parts are also being exported from
Kolhapur Industrial Estates of Shiroli, Gokul Shirgaon and Kagal.
Kolhapur district also has 22 spining mills and majority of them
manufacture export quality yarn which is also exported from Mumbai. The District also boasts of 18 functional sugar mills and therefore has a
potential of heavy passenger traffic.
The Kolhapur Air
Port was made operational in the year 1987 and was taken over by Maharashtra
Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on 16.4.1997 from Air Port Authority
of India. Since then the air port
maintenance is being looked after by MIDC Maharashtra.
Recently the Chief
Minister of Maharashtra, Chief Executive Officer MIDC have agreed to handover
airstrips at Gondia, Kolhapur, Amravati, Yeotmal and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra
to Airport Authority of India.
Sir, in case these
airstrips are taken over for maintenance and operation by the Airports
Authority of India it would ensure latest aviation standards as well as
contribute to the development of air services and related economic
I urge upon the
Central Government to direct the Airport Authority of India for taking over the
airstrips from the MIDC as early as possible.
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