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State will have six new airports in two years: Yeddyurappa

Mysore airport to be ready by year-end

Hubli, Mangalore, Belgaum airports’ expansion on

NEW DELHI: Karnataka will have six new airports in Mysore, Bidar, Shimoga, Gulbarga, Bijapur and Hassan in two years.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, speaking to select journalists here on Thursday, said some of the airports such as the ones in Gulbarga and Shimoga would come up under public-private partnership, for which foundation stones had already been laid. Tenders had been invited from private firms for the Bijapur airport too, and it would be finalised in the next 15 days.

In Bidar, where there is an Indian Air Force base, a new civilian airport would be constructed, and the government had given land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) free of cost.

Besides, it had sanctioned Rs. 3 crore, as a special case, to the district Deputy Commissioner for the construction of a terminal building though it was the duty of the AAI to build it.

The Mysore airport, which is in the final stage of construction, would be ready by year-end.

Besides, the existing airports in Hubli, Mangalore and Belgaum were being expanded and the work would be completed soon. Mr. Yeddyurappa said his government had given top priority to infrastructure development for civil aviation to boost tourism and push the economy.

Naxalism

On naxal activities, Home Minister V.S. Acharya, who too was present, said that according to the government’s information 18 such groups were operating in Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts, and the Anti-Naxalite Squad of the State police was keeping a watch on their movements.

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