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Foundation stone soon for Hassan airport

Nagesh Prabhu

BANGALORE: The Government will soon lay the foundation stone to establish a “Greenfield Airport” at Hassan on a public-private partnership.

The Government has decided to acquire 2,500 acres of land for the project. The project has been awarded to Jupiter Aviation and Logistics Limited, on Design Build Operate and Transfer (DBOT) basis, officials in the Public Works Department told The Hindu on Thursday.

The Government conceived the airport project at Hassan in 1957.

The Revenue Department had acquired lands for it in 1966, 1972, 1997 and 1998. So far, around 400 acres of land have been acquired for the project.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy is keen to lay the foundation stone for the project before the completion of his term. As per the agreement reached between the Janata Dal (S) and the BJP, the former is scheduled to transfer power to the BJP on October 3.

Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced the establishment of the airport at Hassan in the State budget for 2007-08.

The Government issued an order on July 12 to take up survey work of 2,500 acres of land for the project and gave the administrative approval for Rs. 22.10 crore for land acquisition and other purposes.

The Chief Minister recently chaired a high-level meeting and discussed the Master Plan of the project.

Mr. Kumaraswamy would hold another round of meeting with the Public Works Department officials to finalise Viability Gap Funding, concession agreement with the developer, and detailed project report. The meeting would discuss getting safety clearances from the Director General of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India and the environment department of the Union Government.

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