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  • Plan to develop airport according to global standards
  • Deputy Commissioner to meet with residents of the area

    DHARWAD: Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad M.S. Srikar will submit a report within a week on the acquisition of 650 acres of land for the expansion of the Hubli airport.

    This follows a high-level meeting convened by Tourism and Infrastructure Development Minister B. Sriramulu in Bangalore recently, involving Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar, Pralhad Joshi, MP, senior officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Mr. Srikar.

    The AAI had submitted in September two revised master plans for making the airport an all-weather one. While the first was for acquiring an estimated 446 acres of land for facilitating the operations of an Airbus-320, the other was for developing the airport according to international standards and making it suitable for handling big flights.

    Mr. Srikar told The Hindu he had been asked to submit the report at the earliest and he would be doing so within a week. He had presented an initial report at the meeting based on the revised plans for the airport and would now submit a detailed plan along with the ground survey report.

    Demolition

    The number of houses that would be demolished for the airport's expansion would be less than a 100. The earlier plan submitted by the AAI had said that more than 500 houses would need to be demolished. However, the officials had revised the plan after an appeal was made by the district-in-charge Minister and the district administration, Mr. Srikar said.

    Responsibility

    The district administration had suggested at the meeting that the responsibility of acquiring the land be handed over to the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), he said. Approximately Rs. 150 crore would be required for the acquisition of the land. Mr. Srikar said he would be holding a meeting next week with the residents of the area whose houses would be demolished to facilitate the expansion of the Hubli airport.

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