SHIRDI AIRPORT WORK HALTED HALFWAY !!!
05th April`2011 Since, the treasury of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation is gone empty; the construction work of Shirdi Airport has been halted half way only. The construction company has yet to pay bills more than Rs.30 crore. The senior officials of company are demanding that Sai Sansthan should pay Rs.50 crore immediately. Unfortunately this Corporation whose President is the Chief Minister of State doesn’t have its own funds. This company was expecting to finish this project of Rs.325 crore rupees, by taking some money from the Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan and the balance as donations from Sai devotees. The State Government had given approx Rs.35 crore which were used to acquire approx 750 acre land in Kakadi village. The company still needs 150 acre more land. Actually the Central Government’s “Airport Authority of India” was ready to construct this airport. In fact, the Aviation Minister Shri.Praful Patel had earlier declared the same. But finally the contract was given to one company in Andhra Pradesh who has already spent about Rs.30-40 crores on this work, and now the Company's Chief Officer is demanding Rs.50 crore from the Shirdi Sai Sansthan. - NO GUARANTEE ABOUT DONATIONS - Company officials are not sure about the world wide donations they could collect, hence they have opted an easy way out of asking for the remaining funds from the Shirdi Sai Sansthan who would easily manage to collect it if they asked the devotees to donate for this cause. Therefore, the alternative which is being discussed is that the Sai Sansthan should collect the funds and ultimately take the ownership of the Airport. But the opinion of the people is that the State Government should give the required funds to complete the work on the Airport. - GOVERNMENT HAS NOT MADE ANY FINANCIAL PROVISIONS - It is becoming very difficult to manage this huge expense of Rs.325 crores by way of donations. On one hand the Government has made no provision for the same in the Budget and on the other hand, Sai Devotees & the Gram Udyog people don't want the Sansthan to use funds from the Sansthan’s Treasury, to protest which, earlier too they were out on the streets in protest. This issue has already been taken up many times & decision about the new demand of Rs.50 crores from Sansthan is awaited.
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