Land acquisition for Mysuru airport expansion set to begin soon

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The proposal for expanding the runway was pending since 2012.Out of the 20 acres required, an agreement was reached in 2012 to acquire 114 acres of land.

Much awaited expansion of the Mysuru airport in Karnataka will now become a reality with land acquisition process for expanding the existing runway set to begin by next week.

Local BJP MP Pratap Simha told the Mysuru Airport Advisory Committee meeting held at Mysuru on Tuesday evening that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had agreed to release Rs.50 crore required for the first phase of the land acquition.

He was quoted by UNI as saying that the financial approval and clearance by the Cabinet committee on economic affairs would be secured within this week, and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) can fast track the runway extension and airport expansion project.

The proposal for expanding the runway was pending since 2012. Simha said that out of the 20 acres required, an agreement was reached in 2012 to acquire 114 acres of land and that the land owners are awaiting compensation.

At present the airport in Mandakalli has a single runway, which is 5,700 ft in length and suitable for providing short-haul flight operations. The expansion plans include increasing the runway’s length to 7,900 ft and 45 m in width, said a News Minute report.

The existing airport is spread across 490 acres of land and allows aircraft such as the Airbus 320 to land on its runway. The expansion plans were proposed to increase flight traffic to and from the Mysuru Airport and also provide connectivity to metro cities including Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, and also the national capital New Delhi.

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