Friday, January 10, 2020

Bidar airport moves closer to starting operations

Bengaluru: Nearly a decade after it was built, the terminal for civilian flights at the Bidar base of Indian Air Force (IAF) is now only a few steps from beginning operations.

It could happen as early as next month, senior officials in the state government said. The terminal, built by the government at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore in 2009, will become the seventh civilian airport in Karnataka, though it will be used only for regional connectivity.

A stalemate between the government and GHIAL, the operator of Hyderabad international airport, over contract-driven flying restrictions had held up the project. The Karnataka government on Thursday reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with infrastructure giant GMR, which is a part of GHIAL, and the air force to clear the decks for the Bidar terminal. The signing took place in Delhi.

“The tripartite agreement will finalise our deal with the two sides and clear any obstacles and concerns raised by GMR,” said a senior government official.
10/01/20 Times of India
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