It has been more than 15 years since I last heard that airport was coming at Kharghar.
Many of my relatives, who stay in Pune, were super excited that they would have a shorter distance to travel and some even told me that they might not stop by my place at Bandra, (which they normally do) before continuing their journey to Pune. Some have even invested their money in the real estate, for the better prospects in the future.
The airport was to be built in 2008, but the residents of Kharghar are still paused in a dream. First, it was the villagers unhappy with the compensation provided by CIDCO, later the Ministry of Environment and Forests said that the airport was destroying mangroves.
Whatever the reasons, the city of Kharghar has come to life.
The roads are broad and a pleasure to drive.
I visited my friend last week; she has an apartment on the 14th floor of the high-rise building
The view is spectacular with the backdrop of hills and greenery. Friend informs me that she loves the monsoon season when a majestic waterfall flows from the top of the hills into a rock pool and flowing streamlets.
From her window I could see the large open space of a central park and a golf course that has 18holes and is stretched over 6526metres, 7137yards. Golf course at Kharghar was inaugurated by NCP chief Sharad Pawarji, in the year 2012.
Kharghar Valley is located on the Mumbai-Pune highway (NH 4) and is less than an hour away from Mumbai city.
All my friends and relatives always visit me, whenever they reach Mumbai. They continue their journey to Pune after a day of rest. I have good time listening to their stories of the travel and of family news. The bond becomes stronger with their every visit.
But after the new airport at KharGhar is ready, I am sure I will miss all these little pleasures of life….