Friday, June 23, 2017

Hosur Airport May Not Be Able To Solve South Bengaluru’s Woes

The Tamil Nadu government recently announced that it would build a domestic airport at Hosur in the Krishnagiri district, 40 kilometre south of Bengaluru. This proposed airport, is to be an extension of the existing aerodrome that is located at Belagondapalli, 10 km southwest of Hosur.

The Hosur aerodrome, known locally as Taneja Airfield, is a private airfield owned and operated by Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Limited (TAAL) and has been in operation from 1994. It has a 2,168 metre long runway that can handle most modern aircraft including Airbus A-320s and Boeing 737s, and features night-landing facilities. The aerodrome is primarily used by Air Works India and its subsidiary Air Livery for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) as well as painting aircraft.

Support for Hosur airport has existed in various forms for several years now. In the early 2000s, when the then airport serving Bengaluru, the HAL Airport was struggling to handle the crowd, the city of Bengaluru was significantly different from what it is today.

Back then, India’s Information Technology (IT) capital was vastly different in terms of the location of commercial centres. The largest concentration of IT parks and offices was in the suburb of Electronics City, 10 km south of Silk Board along Hosur Road (the Bengaluru - Kanyakumari National Highway). The region was reasonably well connected to the city as well as Hosur as Hosur Road was part of both the Golden Quadrilateral and the North-South Corridor. The second largest concentration was in Whitefield, in eastern Bengaluru, originally at the International Tech Park Limited (ITPL). Today, Whitefield is home to the Devangonthi fuel terminal from where a pipeline carries fuel to the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli.
23/06/17 Srikanth Ramakrishnan/Swarajya