The state government has finally approved the “much awaited”, the “much sought-after” funds to acquire lands to facilitate the airport runway expansion work. So far, the short runway at Mysuru Mandakalli airport has been the bottleneck for larger airlines like Airbus A320 to land and take-off safely.
However, with an expanded runway, Mysuru can be connected to important commercial, tourist centers and Metro cities throughout India.
KSIIDC & KIADB have been entrusted the task of land acquisition
Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (KSIIDC) is the nodal agency which will coordinate with Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the transfer of land, KIADB will acquire the required land on behalf of KSIIDC. A total of 240 acres of land needs to be handed over to the AAI, of which 22.09 acres & 11.09 acres are in possession with AAI and the state government, respectively. Currently, final notification for land acquisition has been given to 160 acres and for the balance 46 acres preliminary notification is yet to be made.
The state government had entered into an agreement with AAI on 6/10/2005 to expand the airport in Mysuru. As per the agreement the land was to be handed over to the AAI in totality for them to undertake the expansion works. In this regard, the Government of Karnataka has sanctioned 319 crore INR to acquire 206.22 acres of land vide an official order on April 16, 2022 at the rate of 1.5 crore/acre. The sanctioned amount shall be borne by the Development of Minor Airports head and this has the approval of the Finance department of Karnataka.
Mysuru MP Shri Pratap Simha’s humongous efforts finally bore fruits
It is necessary to give credit to whoever deserves it, says the adage. So, when it comes to following-up with political leaders and bureaucracy at state & central level, Shri. Pratap Simha has left no stone unturned. He moved mountains and probably used every possible trick in the book to get funds granted and get all statutory clearances for the runway expansion.