Bengaluru's Second Airport in Making Amid Land Limitations Faced By Karnataka Government

During the session, Patil directed officials to draft a detailed report outlining the feasibility of establishing a new airport. Patil referenced the statistics of Bengaluru International Airport, ranking as the country's third busiest aviation hub.
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Bengaluru: In response to Bengaluru's burgeoning population and escalating infrastructure demands, Karnataka's Minister for Infrastructure Development, M B Patil, held a pivotal meeting on Thursday which was chaired by Patil and attended by top officials from his department. The agenda: the prospective construction of a second airport for the metropolis.
During the session, Patil directed officials to draft a detailed report outlining the feasibility of establishing a new airport. Patil referenced the statistics of Bengaluru International Airport, ranking as the country's third busiest aviation hub. With a remarkable throughput of 37.5 million passengers and over 400,000 tonnes of cargo in the preceding year alone, the existing airport faces imminent challenges in accommodating escalating traffic.
Foreseeing an imminent surge in passenger and cargo volumes, Patil talked about the imperative of laying the groundwork for a second airport as soon as possible. However, he acknowledged the regulatory constraints imposed by a 25-year agreement signed during the establishment of the Kempegowda International Airport. This pact prohibits the development of another airport within a 150-kilometre radius until 2033.
Navigating Regulatory Constraints
Despite this contractual limitation, Patil talked about the importance of initiating preparatory measures without delay. He cited the protracted processes of land acquisition and compensation as significant contributors to potential delays in the project's execution. Beyond merely addressing the city's burgeoning aviation needs, the proposed second airport aims to catalyse industrial development beyond Bengaluru's immediate periphery.
The deliberations echo a long-standing sentiment within Bengaluru's business community, with the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) advocating for a second airport as early as 2020. The preferred location, between Ramanagara and Channapatna, underscores the strategic positioning of the proposed infrastructure.
Moreover, Home Minister G Parameshwara has endorsed the notion of an international airport in Tumakuru district, highlighting the availability of over 8,000 acres of prime land across Tumakuru, Koratagere, Madhugiri, and Sira taluks.
With inputs from PTI.
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