KARNATAKA

Hassan airport yet to take off

GROUNDED: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda performing the ground-breaking ceremony for the Hassan international airport.

GROUNDED: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda performing the ground-breaking ceremony for the Hassan international airport.   | Photo Credit: — A FILE PHOTO

Shama Sunder

About 996 acres of land required, only 450 acres acquired



Jupiter Aviation wants the entire chunk of land to be allotted

Government is yet to acquire 446 acres of land



HASSAN: Hassan International Airport is the dream project of the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda that has been hanging fire for over three decades.

The Rs. 1,200-crore project remained on paper only. Though the work was entrusted to Jupiter Aviation Logistics Ltd. and the agreement was signed on September 6, 2007 with the condition to complete the work within two years, it did not take off. The proposal for the project began when Mr. Deve Gowda was the Minister for Public Works in Ramakrishna Hegde Cabinet. The land was identified near Bhuvanahalli.

When Mr. Deve Gowda became the Chief Minister in 1994, the airport project was approved and was forwarded to the Centre. It was once again Mr. Deve Gowda as Prime Minister who approved the project. On September 7, 2007, an agreement was signed between the company and the State Government in Bangalore and on August 26, 2007, Mr. Deve Gowda performed ground-breaking ceremony at Bhuvanahalli in the presence of Rajiv Chandrasekhar, Chairman and Managing Director of Jupiter Aviation.

The district administration had acquired 514 acres of land and this was handed over to the Public Works Department. The airport required another 446 acres of land.

The project envisaged a trauma care hospital, a hi-tech hospital, a pilot training centre, golf club and a swimming pool.

But before the work could begin, H.D. Kumaraswamy Government fell and the State was under President’s rule. Then came the BJP Government that entrusted the supervision of the airport work to Infrastructure Development Department for which G. Janardhana Reddy was the Minister.

Jupiter Aviation wanted the entire 960 acres of land to be handed over to it before it could commence the work.

On October 6, Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh held discussions with Jupiter Aviation team. Hassan district in-charge minister Arvind Limbavali too visited the site.

Now, the ball is in the Government’s court. Unless the Government acquires land, the former Prime Minister’s dream project might not take off.

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