Hubballi airport expansion project complete, says minister

Minister for Infrastructure Development R V Deshpande said the Hubballi airport expansion project has been completed, and it will be made operational after necessary certifications are obtained.

The expansion work at Belagavi airport is scheduled to be completed in six months and work on the Kalaburagi airport is going on in full swing, he said, replying to Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar who sought to know the steps taken to provide air connectivity to tier-II cities.

He said the state government has sent a proposal under the Centre’s regional air connectivity scheme. Efforts are being made to enter into an agreement with airlines to operate into regional airports, including Mysuru, Hubballi and Belagavi.

At least two flights should operate a day for a regional airport to qualify under the scheme, he added.

This apart, Shettar ridiculed the government for what he called chest-thumping on Bengaluru being called the most dynamic city. “The government is claiming credit for it though it has no contribution...The government has nothing to do with real estate development and corporate activities in Bengaluru,” he added.

The crime rate has increased considerably in Bengaluru. Roads are pothole-ridden. The state’s ranking has come down as far as ease-of-doing business is concerned, he said.

Shettar said the government should accord equal importance to other cities for development. Bengaluru has got Rs 7,000 crore. But other cities have not received any money for development. The Nagarothana scheme should be restored, he added.
DH News Service

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