Karnataka: Chief Minister has ordered the Finance Department to release Rs. 50 crore as first tranche for expansion of Mysuru airport, said Mysuru MP Pratap Simha on Friday.
The release of funds has been officially sanctioned and certain formalities have to be completed by the Finance Department before the amount is transferred for the works to get started.
MP Simha has also sought an additional Rs. 150 crore for the project from the State government and urged the Chief Minister to announce the same in the forthcoming budget.
MP Simha also said that the airport will remain a civilian airport and there are plans afoot to increase air connectivity to different destinations. This will give a boost to investment and tourism.
Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) can commence the land acquisition work for the airport expansion. Though the expansion requires 240 acres the agencies concerned can proceed to acquire 115 acres of land required for runway extension. They can also take up related works according to releasing of funds.
The airport currently has a runway length of 1740 metres and a breadth of 30 metres, which is suitable for operating ATR-72 type of aircraft. The proposal is to increase the runway length to 2,750 metres and breadth to 45 metres, which will be ideal for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
As per the airport master plan 182 acres is required for runway expansion while 58 acres is needed for the expansion of the terminal building complex.
The existing terminal was built in 2010, allowing the airport to handle 200 passengers. Airlines started commencing flights. However, due to poor response, the flights were stopped, leaving the airport unused. With the central government’s UDAN scheme, flights started functioning again. As of December 2020, there are flights to 7 destinations from Mysore Airport.