`Survey to construct a terminal building has been completed'
MYSORE: Five weeks after the formal launch of work on upgrading the Mysore airport near here, earthwork for building two runways and construction of a boundary wall are proceeding at a brisk pace.
Deputy General Manager of Airports Authority of India (AAI) M.N.N. Rao told The Hindu that a survey to construct a terminal building, which would accommodate 200 passengers, had been completed. "We are now functioning from the old terminal building. We will soon set up a site office before bringing down the old terminal building," he said.
The AAI has handed over the contract for upgrading the airport to Bangalore-based Vishal Infrastructure Company. Under the contract, two runways of 1,740 metres and 1,350 metres, taxiway, apron, peripheral road, boundary wall and allied works will be executed at a cost of Rs. 29.36 crore.
Besides, a terminal building, a technical block-cum-control tower, a fire station, parking lot and electricity sub-station will be established at a cost of Rs. 40 crore. The Mysore airport, which will have night-landing facility, will be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 70 crore.
With work on upgrading the airport scheduled for completion in 24 months, according to the memorandum of understanding between the State Government and the AAI, Mysore is all set to figure on the country's aviation map by January 2009. Initially, the upgraded airport will facilitate operation of medium-sized ATR aircraft that which can accommodate up to 70 passengers. Later, a full-fledged airport will be constructed, paving the way for operation of bigger aircraft such as Boeing and Airbus.
The Mandakalli airport was spread across 242 acres of land before work on it began.
The AAI had sought an additional 174 acres of land to upgrade the airport. Though the district administration has handed over 154 acres of additional land, acquisition of 20 acres is pending on account of litigation.
Though the High Court recently dismissed the main petition against acquisition of 20 acres of land, supplementary petitions against the acquisition are still pending in the court. The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) has sought an early date for hearing.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rao said the AAI required the 20 acres of land for completing the work on the airport. "A portion of the apron on which parking bays for aircraft will be constructed will come up on the 20 acres of land," he added.