Sharath S. Srivatsa
Airports Authority of India is implementing the Rs. 70-crore project
The project will be implemented in two parts The deadline for the completion of the project is two years KIADB team to demarcate land acquired for the project
MYSORE: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is likely to open tenders for the award of contracts for various works on the Rs. 70-crore project to upgrade the aerodrome at Mandakalli, at its headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.
According to sources in the AAI, work on the landing facility for ATR 72 type of aircraft with a seating capacity for 65 at Mandakalli is being taken up in two parts.
Deputy General Manager (Engineering-Civil) of AAI, M.N.N. Rao told The Hindu that tenders for part one of the first phase, including construction of two runways, a taxiway, a perimeter road and the operation boundary wall, were likely to be opened on Thursday. Tenders for engineering consultancy services were opened on August 25. Mr. Rao said the boundary wall would be built according to the standards stipulated by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), and the deadline for the completion of the project was two years. The main runway would be placed at 0927 East-West orientation.
He said the Union Government had made available funds required for the project. Under the part two of the project, a terminal building to handle passenger traffic, offices for AAI and airliners, an air traffic control tower, a meteorological office, communication set up, fire station, parking space for vehicles and an air-conditioner plant would come up.
While the conceptual plan for the upgraded airport was ready, there would be further modifications in the future depending upon the need.
The phase two of the project included infrastructure to facilitate landing of big aircraft such as Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
Meanwhile, a team from the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) will soon visit Mysore for demarcating the land acquired for the airport project.
Of the 174 acres of land for the project, the district administration has acquired 154 acres.
The process to acquire another 20 acres has been challenged in the court.
According to sources in the KIADB, the hearing has been completed and the authorities are awaiting the court's verdict.