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Infrastructure: Principal Secretary to Infrastructure Development Arvind Jadhav addressing presspersons in Hassan on Monday. Sudhakar Gunde from Jupiter Aviation Company and Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh (right) are also seen.
Infrastructure: Principal Secretary to Infrastructure Development Arvind Jadhav addressing presspersons in Hassan on Monday. Sudhakar Gunde from Jupiter Aviation Company and Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh (right) are also seen.

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Jupiter Aviation promises completion of work in 18 months after land is given to them

HASSAN: If the remaining land (400 acre) was handed over to Jupiter Aviation Company by the district administration before December 31, then the Hassan International Airport would be ready by May 2010, said Principal Secretary to Infrastructure Development Arvind Jadhav here on Monday.

Addressing presspersons after the meeting with PWD, KPTCL, Town Planning and Environment departments, he said that he had directed the Deputy Commissioner to complete all procedures before December 31 and hand over land to the Jupiter Aviation Company who were executing the work on Hassan Airport.

Mr. Jadhav said he had directed the Town Planning Department not to develop any layout near the airport and also not to issue licenses for constructing buildings. He said the district administration had already handed over 540-acre land to the Jupiter Aviation Company and the remaining 400-acre land is to be handed over for which land acquisition is to be made. 4(1) and 6(1) notification was already issued. However, clearance from Union Civil Aviation Ministry and Environment clearance is awaited. Environment Department had already conducted public hearing in this regard.

Mr. Jadhav said delay in executing work of Hassan Airport is mainly due to delay in handing over land to Jupiter Aviation Company and also due to “certain” developments that had taken place in the State.

We want to construct the airport in Hassan as per international standards. There will be a workshop and training centre to pilots, a golf club, swimming pool, trauma hospital and a high-tech hospital.

The golf club would provide employment to about 1,000 youths from surrounding villages as grass is to be raised and maintained, he explained.

Mr. Sudarshan Gunde, representative of Jupiter Aviation Company promised work would be completed within 18 months once the land was handed over to them.

Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh said he had directed the KPTCL engineers to shift the 220 KV high tension wires that pass through the proposed Airport site.

Veerabhadraiah, the Assistant Executive Engineer Special Sub Division Air Port Authority of India, informed the meeting that the proposed airport site was beside NH 48 near Bhuvanahalli and was 6 km away from Hassan. There was a proposal to lay 8-lane road on a 6-km stretch via Hema Gangothri as per international standards and the estimated cost of that road would be Rs. 34 crore. The road work would start soon, he added.

Mr. Singh said he had also directed Town Planning Authority as well to HUDA not to give permission for residential colonies near the airport.

He said he would get the environment clearance and clearance from Airport Authority of India at the earliest.

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