For the record: Mysore airport upgrade

I don’t see the prospects of an A-320 landing at Mysore airport for some years to come. For the record, this is what officials say it would take to make this happen.

No crunch: Senior civil aviation official (Joint Secretary) K N Srivatsav says the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has no funds shortage for developing a full-fledged airport in Mysore. 

But then, Karnataka needs to provide an additional 500 acres.

Assurance: State infrastructure secretary V P Baligar says CM has given an assurance to AAI officials who met him Bangalore recently. 

Survey for land acquisition to begin soon, adds Mr Baligar,

Requirement: 310 acres for runway extension, to 10,500 ft.; and 190 acres for Mysore-Nanjangud road diversion. 

Turned down: Karnataka plea to centre for sharing 50 percent land acquisition cost.

 Commitment : State to handover land to AAI and provide free power and water for the airport project.

 Litigation: There has been no history of land acquisition without the affected people moving the court for a stay on acquisition or increased compensation. Incidentally, AAI has yet to get possession (till Aug.27) of four out of the 20 acres that  was involved in litigation, and had held up the 174-acre airport modernisation  plan ( Phase-1) 

Possibility: Protests, possibly politically engineered, against Nanjangud road diversion; and agitation for a job-for-land guarantee to families that give up land for the airport project. 

Meanwhile, visiting AAI officials express the hope that ATR-72 aircraft (60-seater) service would be in place at Mysore by Dasara 2008.    

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