Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Work on Raichur airport will begin this year, says Minister

Bengaluru: Work on the Raichur airport would begin during the year after the Airport Authority of India (AAI) inspects and submits its report, the Karnataka government informed the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. "In the 2020-21 budget, the airport at Raichur was announced, and a 400-acre land acquired for the purpose. 

Once the airport comes up, it can provide for operation of aircraft with a maximum of 20 seats," Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar told the Assembly during Question Hour. Responding on behalf of Infrastructure Development Minister Anand Singh, he said the nodal agency has been fixed for the project and Karnataka State Small Industries Development Corporation (KSSIDC) would do the job.

 "During this month of March, a team from AAI will do the inspection and once it submits the report, we will take further action. It is our decision to begin the work during this year itself," he said. The Kalyana Karnataka Region Development Board (KKRDB) has already released Rs 11.44 crore for the purpose, he said. 

The Minister was responding to a question by Raichur Rural MLA Basanagouda Daddal, who sought to know from the government about funds not being allocated for the airport project in the budget despite the government claiming that the work on the project would begin during the current year.

10/03/21 PTI/Outlook

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