Shirdi Airport is Going to be Ready Soon :
Shirdi is a most visited holy place of Sai Baba. The city Shirdi is a religious town located in District Ahmednagar of Maharashtra INDIA. It is widely known in India and out of the country for Shri Sai baba Samadhi. Recently a train has been started from Mumbai to Shirdi.
Shirdi Airport is an airport under construction near the holy city of Shirdi in Maharashtra in India. The airport is spread over 400 hectares and is located at Kaki village about 14 kilometers Southwest of Shirdi. The Rs 340 crore airport projects is part of the State Governments effort to promote religious tourism at Shirdi is known for the temple of Sai Baba among the most sacred spiritual gurus in India. Around 80000 devotees visit the temple town daily and the numbers go up to 3 lakh per day during weekends, Thursdays, Guru poornima, vacations and festivals.
These pilgrims entrance Shirdi by the use of road by Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station and via air by the Aurangabad Airport located 125 km from Shirdi. The airport is being built by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC). The plans for a permanent building costing around Rs 40 crore have been excess due to shortage of funds and a smaller terminal costing 3- 4 crores will be built as an alternative. The Ahmednagar district administration officially acquired land for the airport project on December 22 in 2009.
The single runway was initially intended to be 60 metres wide and 2000 metres long and the airport was expected to start operations in December 2011. The MADC decided to extend the length of the runway to 3200 metres to enable operations of larger aircraft and so the project missed its deadline. The work is now expected to be completed in 2018 before the impending birthday celebrations of Sai baba’s Samadhi that will draw thousands of devotees to the pilgrim town from various parts of the country as well as abroad. Government of Maharashtra has taken a decision to develop a full-fledged international airport at Shirdi.
MADC has prepared plans and designs for this airport considering presently as “Code-D” airport stretch to “Code-E”. The proposed of Shirdi airport which was to be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on November 16. The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has now stated that the project cannot be inaugurated in November. MADC have completed 70 per cent of work. With the MADC getting only a total of Rs 216.43 crore for the Rs 315-crore project, officials said funds was another reason for the delay in end of the project.
MADC got about Rs 50 crore from the Shirdi Devasthan and the remaining from the government through loans. The government allocated Rs 86.43 crore only this year. The project commenced in 2010 and was supposed to be ready by the beginning of 2012.
The nearest airport to Shirdi is at Nasik 75 kms away, Aurangabad is at a distance of 150 kms which is connected by all the major towns of India. You can also come till Mumbai by air and travel down to 296 kms to reach Shirdi. Mumbai has both international and domestic airports that allowance connectivity to the world. Domestic airport in Pune is about 231 kms from Shirdi. There are regular public and private transport operators that ensure your easy access to the hut of Sai baba.