Gulbarga, Shimoga airports to be functional soon



Bangalore: Minor airports at Gulbarga and Shimoga would be operational by July, and the 11 km northern corridor of Bangalore Metro by year-end, Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj said Monday.

Delivering his address to the joint session of the state Legislature, he said minor airports at Shimoga, Gulbarga, Bijapur and Hassan are being developed on public-private-partnership basis.

He said the Namma Metro's northern corridor of 11 km with ten stations, from Peenya to Sampige Road, is scheduled to commence its operations by December 2012 and the entire Phase-I is expected to be completed by December next year.

"Expansion work in the Bangalore International Airport will increase passenger handling capacity to 17.5 millions per annum", the Governor said.

To ease the traffic, Bangalore Development Authority has taken up construction of grade separators at 12 junctions in the outer ring road from Central Silk Board to Hebbal flyover and up to Tumkur Road junction to create a signal-free corridor for a stretch of about 36 kms.

During this year, 12 railway projects have already been taken up on a cost sharing basis and, to encourage more public-private-partnership based projects, 12 departments would get separate transaction advisors before March-end.

Bhardwaj said a centre for excellence under Integrated Water Resources Management scheme would be established by reorganising and revamping other existing institutions.

"This centre for excellence will help in formulating IWRM principles, which will benefit the farmers of the State", he said.

PTI