Works in 3 airports in state cost Rs 128.92cr since 2016: Centre

Works in 3 airports in state cost Rs 128.92cr since 2016: Centre

Karnataka is among top three states in terms of money  spent on improving runways and other infrastructure in airports.

Out of the Rs 797.21 crore spent in the past three fiscal years in the country, Kerala accounted for Rs 182.34 crore followed by Rajasthan (Rs 134.1 crore) and  Karnataka
(Rs 128.92 crore).

In a written answer in the Rajya Sabha last week, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said runways in Hubballi, Belagavi and Mangaluru airports were expanded and other infrastructure was strengthened  between August 2016 and November 2017.  

In Hubballi, Rs 59.48 crore was spent on the expansion of the runway, construction of taxiway, apron, isolation bay and other ancillary works. The works were finished by August 2016.

The Belagavi airport saw Rs 40.52 crore spent by November 2017 on similar  works. In Mangaluru, Rs 28.92 crore was spent by October last year on the construction of  the part parallel taxi track for the new runway 06/24  on both sides.

Emphasising that no airport could be termed unsafe for operations, the ministry said the improvement/modernisation/expansion of runways was a continuous process and was undertaken by the Airports Authority of India or the operator concerned from time to time depending upon commercial viability, traffic demand and availability of land.  

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