Sunday, November 24, 2019

New airport will give Kalaburagi wings

The inauguration of Kalaburagi Airport on Friday, by Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa is a much-awaited boost to development of industry, commerce, employment generation and tourism, as well as a boon for attracting huge investments in the Kalyana Karnataka districts.
To the people of the area, it's a real gift. This is the land of opportunities, so far  untouched by successive governments, where focus has largely been on the urban centres. Today, airport development has become firmly linked with economic development and in my personal opinion, Kalaburagi district alone can expect upto Rs 10,000 crore in investments by next year, with the addition of airline infrastructure.
After Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Belagavi and Hubbali, Kalaburagi is the latest city to get air connectivity. Earlier, the absence of such a facility in the region could have been one of the reasons why it remained backward, always failing to attract investment and create employment, like many other tier-two areas of Karnataka have done over the years.
The foundation stone for the airport had been laid back in 2008, again, when B.S. Yediyurappa was serving as Chief Minister. This flagged off phase 1 of the Kalaburagi Airport. Built by the Karnataka State Public Works Department, it will be operated by the Airports Authority of India, which is equipped with all the vital and advanced amenities necessary to provide a world-class travel experience.
With the Kalaburagi airport beginning its operations, the northeast Karnataka region will be connected to Bengaluru and the rest of India under the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik, Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The airline mainly operates flights on UDAN routes and provides services to seven Indian cities like Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Hubbali and belagavi, which also propels developments in other cities of Karnataka. Notably, the Kalaburagi Airport will act as a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, Sharana  Basaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and Gulbarga Fort.
24/11/19 CR Janardhana/Deccan Chronicle
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