Work on airport gains momentum

Staff Correspondent

‘Work will be completed in December next’

Litigation over 20 acres of land continues

MYSORE: Work on upgrading the airport at Mandakalli near here has picked up steam in the wake of the city exporting software worth Rs. 760 crore last year to occupy the no. 2 position in the State in the information technology sector.

Aware of the urgency displayed by the software industry to start air-services from Mysore, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has deployed a wide range of equipment necessary for expediting the civil work at the airport site to ensure that airport becomes operational by January 2009.

“Airport work will be completed as per schedule in December 2008. Air services could start soon after the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) gives clearance, which may take a few weeks”, Airports Authority of India’s Deputy General Manager M.N.N. Rao told The Hindu.

Though the IT industry had been clamouring for air services from Mysore for the past few of years, the 94 per cent growth rate achieved by the city in software exports last year, up from Rs. 392 crore to Rs. 760 crore, to dislodge Mangalore from the no. 2 position had underscored the need for air-linking Mysore.

Emphasising the need for an airport in Mysore, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Director Parthasarathy said decision-makers and chief executive officers of global companies accorded high priority to the time factor. “If they can reach Mysore by air, it saves them a lot of time. Such connectivity has become necessary for Mysore’s IT industry,” he said.

Meanwhile, the earthwork for two runways was in full swing with deployment of machineries, including excavators, trucks, and vibratory rollers, besides scores of skilled and unskilled labourers. “We will start work on the terminal building in months,” Mr. Rao said.

However, the litigation over acquisition of 20 acres of land for the airport project has remained a thorn in the flesh of the Government and the AAI. Though the High Court had dismissed an appeal by landowners in respect of 20 acres of land, the latter had preferred a fresh appeal before a Division Bench.

Meanwhile, the State Government, which is expected to provide electricity and water to the airport, has begun the spadework for drawing up a 750 kV dedicated power line to the airport.

‘Work will be completed in December next’

Litigation over 20 acres of land continues

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