Baramati MP Supriya Sule has proposed to develop a water aerodrome project at Ujjani reservoir, near Pune in Maharashtra under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s UDAN – Regional Connectivity Scheme.
Ms. Sule met Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and requested him to extend the proposed water airport project to Ujjani, considering the strategic location and suitability of the reservoir. Ujjani, a dam over Bhima River, is located near the border of Pune and Solapur districts.
The Indian Express said that in a letter handed to Puri, Sule said that Ujjani reservoir was located at the junction of Ahmednagar, Sholapur and Pune Districts; and it is over 125 km away from the nearest commercial airport at Lohegaon in Pune City.
Aerodrome to Improve Air-Connectivity
The water aerodrome would provide proximate air-connectivity for the devotes of Vitthal-Rukmini Temple in Pandharpur, and also for the nearly 10 lakh people living in within 50 kilometers of the proposed project.
“Due to the relatively high levels of income of the residents in the region, I believe that commercial fight operations would find sufficient number of passengers throughout the year,” Ms. Sule said.