There was no objection from any stakeholders to starting civil aviation operations from the Air Force base here, P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner, said here on Monday.

A team of senior officials from the Defence Ministry, Civil Aviation and GMR group visited the Air Force base in the afternoon.

They inspected the air strip and control facilities, the civilian terminal and other areas.

Officials held a meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s office later.

Those present included Rajkumar Khatri, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure; Uma Nanduri, Director, Defence Ministry, IAF officials, Vikram Singhania of GMR, K. Tyagarajan, Superintendent of Police, and Sunil Panwar, Deputy Conservator of Forests, according to a release.

Five years ago, the State government obtained the Defence Ministry’s permission to use the Bidar Air Force base for civil aviation operations.

GMR’s Objections

However, the Airports Authority of India did not clear the proposal, citing objections from the GMR group that operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, which has a flying distance of less than 150 km from Bidar.

The State government wrote to the GMR group to take over civil aviation operations at the Bidar base.

The GMR group had said that it would study the proposal.

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