Saturday, February 06, 2021

Hassan airport project in Karnataka takes wing after three decades

Hassan: The Hassan airport project took wings on Saturday as CM BS Yediyurappa directed the senior officials of the infrastructure development department to take up the project under the Centre's UDAAN scheme at a cost of Rs 175 crore. 

The project will be taken up by the state and the center on the basis of cost sharing. 

JDS Supremo HD Devegowda and Hassan BJP MLA Preetam J Gowda met the CM separately and drew the latter's attention recently in this regard. In 2007, the district authority had acquired 536 acres of land in seven villages for the purpose as a first step following the direction of the state government.

Hassan airport project is the brainchild project of Hassan MP HD Devegowda. It was allegedly neglected since laying the foundation stone two decades ago in the outskirts of Hassan at Bhuvanahalli. The project is aiming at the export of agricultural produce abroad. 

The state government had decided to construct the airstrip including a mud runway as per the previous proposal. It may be recalled that the then deputy commissioner had fixed the compensation to acquire the additional land of 200 acres to build an international airport after the revised project.  

The district authority also had issued the notices for the farmers of Bhuvanahalli, Sankenahalli, Lakshmisagara, Thendihalli, Davalapura, and G Milanahalli to acquire additional land. The land has been been abandoned since it was acquired. 

It also may be recalled that the directorate general of civil aviation of the Airport Authority of India had visited the proposed land earmarked for the airport.   

06/02/21 Udaya Kumar/New Indian Express

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