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Navi Mumbai international airport to be operational in 2024, Pune’s Purandar next in line

The much-awaited Navi Mumbai international airport will become operational in 2024, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated recently. The Minister further laid emphasis on bringing back the ‘industrial culture.’ He was addressing the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). Fadnavis stated that the “industrial culture” of Maharashtra will be back on track soon. Fadnavis highlighted important projects like Pune Metro, EV transportation, etc., and said the ring road will prove to be the growth engine for the Pune region. He focused on how every stakeholder has to unite to bring Maharashtra on top again. 

“Every stakeholder has to unite and work hard to make Maharashtra number one again,” Fadnavis said. He said the government has acknowledged the urgent need for the Purandar airport in the Pune district and that the government is taking efforts for the same. He also said the government is planning a logistics hub at Purandar along with the airport. There is a need to connect the Navi Mumbai and Purandar airports.

“Maharashtra’s economy should reach USD one trillion if India has to achieve the USD 5 trillion target,” the Deputy CM said. He stressed the importance of the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) and Mumbai Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) for infrastructure and said Maharashtra is the startup capital of India.

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“15,000 out of 18,000 startups are from Maharashtra besides 25 out of 100 unicorns. We want to ease connectivity and approach all MIDCs. We should bring more investment in the fintech sector,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI) 

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