Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Concern over delay in work of Kalaburagi airport

Kalaburagi: Congress Leader in the Lok Sabha M. Mallikarjun Kharge and Minister for Medical Education and Kalaburagi in-charge Sharan Prakash Patil expressed dissatisfactin with the slow pace of work of Kalaburagi airport.

Reviewing the progress of Central projects and programmes at the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee meeting here on Monday, both leaders directed the concerned officials to speed up the work to ensure that the airport would be operational by the end of next February.

Upon realising the improper coordination between Public Works Department (PWD) and Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company (GESCOM), Mr. Patil directed the officials to have regular meetings and clear the hurdles. He also directed them to report the progress of work once in every three days.

“I am totally unhappy with your performance. The work is moving at a snail’s pace. The airport should, at any cost, be operational by February 2018. There are three major works to be completed – extension of runway, electrification and water supply,” Mr Patil said.

Mr. Kharge lashed at officials for the idea of having temporary water supply arrangements at the airport by using underground water.

“You cannot operate an airport or a big hospital by having couple of borewells as these establishments need large quantity of water. Make a fresh proposal for laying water pipes for using surface water. The same thing happened with ESI Hospital as well. Even though the hospital authorities are ready to pay money, Gescom officials are not taking any action to supply sufficient power by installing a power station of required capacity,” he said.
24/10/17 The Hindu