Mysore News and Trade
News, Information and Trade Services from Mysore
Contact us | About us | Feedback
Mysore Airport not grounded

The Mysore Airport project is not grounded. Not only the airport, it will also have a bonus. A pilot training centre will be started at the famous Mandakalli Airport shortly. Hopes on a modern airport being implemented as planned have been held out by Karnataka's Minister for Major and Big Industries R.V. Deshpande.

Deshpande outrightly rejected the local MLA A.S. Guruswamy's suggestion that Mandakalli airport can be developed on just a 100-acre land. Though the Minister did not call the suggestion ridiculous, he firmly said that no airport could come up on such a small piece of land. He cited the examples of several airports including Singapore, which has over 1,000 acres. Mandakalli Airstrip presently occupies about 300 acres of land. Process is on to acquire an additional 500-acre land to develop it into a modern airport for receiving bigger craft.

"Why should we take land unnecessarily. The experts of the Airport Authority of India have inspected the Mandakalli airstrip. They have suggested its expansion. They have recommended additional 500-acre land. Accordingly the land acquisition process is on," the Minister told the MLA at a meeting in Mysore. Guruswamy had recently convened a meeting of the land owners likely to be affected by the land acquisition. The farmers, who fall under the MLA's constituency, Mysore taluk, had strongly opposed acquisition of their fertile lands. They had even suggested shifting of the airport from Mandakalli. The Congress MLA made a reference to the farmers' opposition at the Minister's meeting and suggested limiting the Airport to 300 acres. On the other hand, Mysore's another MLA, A. Ramadas of BJP, urged the Minister to complete the project without further delay. Anxious about the fate of the proposed modern airport, the Mysore Chamber of Commerce & Industry also appealed to the Minister not to give up its expansion. A modern airport would add to the infrastructural facilities and give a boost to Mysore's development.

The Minister said that a Malaysian party is discussing with local agencies on the development of minor airports in the State, including the Mysore airport. A German company is also showing interest along with Malaysia. Meanwhile, a Delhi party is interested in starting a Pilot Training Institute in Mysore, with foreign assistance.

Also Read: Top Stories | Mysore Briefs   | Top Articles

© all rights reserved
Privacy Policy | Legal Disclaimer