Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Work on the Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli is "right on track" and the first phase should be ready in 2008 as scheduled, Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here on Saturday.

"We were not very happy with the original design for the airport and asked the consortium behind the project to make some changes which have been carried out," Mr. Patel told presspersons after launching the telemedicine link between Air India facilities in Mumbai and Narayana Hrudyalaya here. The design modifications were necessary as the original traffic projections for 2008, the first phase of the project, are now expected to be much higher than the estimated four million passengers and is likely to touch the traffic projected for the second phase to be completed by 2015, he said.