Sunday, June 18, 2017

The proposed Hosur airport will help IT crowd, but will it add to Bengaluru's traffic woes?


Just 40 km from Bengaluru city is the Hosur Aerodrome, and the Tamil Nadu government is planning to build a domestic airport there.

The Tamil Nadu government has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Civil Aviation in this regard under the ‘Ude Desh Ka Aaam Naagrik’ (Country’s common citizen shall fly) or UDAN Scheme.

Considering the fact that Bengalureans constantly bemoan the distance from the city to the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli, the Hosur airport, if constructed, can come as a breather for South and South-Central Bengaluru residents.

According to an article by Scroll.in, the residents of Electronic City and South Bengaluru will benefit the most out of this airport as it will only be a half an hour commute from Electronic City to Hosur as opposed to the two-hour drive to Devanahalli.

However, considering the terrifying bottlenecks which Electronic City is famous for, urban planners say that there will definitely be an increase in traffic jams on the route from Electronic City to Hosur, and that the traffic problem may even bleed into Tamil Nadu.

The Hosur Aerodrome is currently a private airfield established in 1994, and is maintained by Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Limited, an aircraft manufacturing company.

The airfield is used by some private chartered flights and by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for testing unmanned aerial vehicles, Bangalore Mirror reported.

Hosur Aerodrome has one asphalt runway, capable of accepting Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737 aircraft, and has night landing facilities.

However, the aerodrome may not be suitable for a commercial airport, experts say.
17/06/17 Theja Ram/Ndews Minute

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