The government has decided to form a high-level committee headed by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah to expedite the works of upgrading Mandakalli Airport to an international level, said MP H.Vishwanath here yesterday.

Speaking to media persons after a meeting of officials from Mysore City Corporation (MCC), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), and other departments concerned with the airport at its premises, he criticised the past State Government for hindering the expansion of Mysore Airport and added that the Congress Government will take all necessary steps in this regard.

Technical Manager of Public Private Participation Cell of NHAI V.S.Sreedhar Murthy said that re-alignment of the eight kilometre stretch of the National Highway between Mysore and Nanjangud had been approved by the NHAI. He added that the State Government was expected to bear the cost of the realignment and acquisition of land required for the same.

The realigned road will be 1.3km longer than the existing road and funds worth Rs. 114 crore had already been sanctioned for it, he said and added that NHAI has also completed the survey to realign the highway which will pass through Hosahundi to connect Kadakola.

KIADB Special Revenue Inspector Arun Sagar said that KIADB had suggested withdrawing de-notification of land at Mandakalli essential for airport expansion to which Vishwanath said that he would consult concerned authorities for acquisition of required land.

Vishwanath also said that he would invite Chief Minister Siddharamaiah to convene a meeting of Principal Secretaries to facilitate the expansion of the airport and added that with the CM, Revenue and PWD Ministers hailing from the district, it would be easy for airport expansion if all these three departments co-ordinate effectively.

President of Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Sudhakar Shetty pressed for initiating air services in the early hours of morning, as the existing flights on alternate days resulted in lengthy delay for connecting flights at Bangalore airport, to which the MP said steps would be taken to start air operations from atleast three different carriers from Mysore Airport in the coming days.

ACICM Convenor M.Lakshmana suggested the formation of a Co-ordination Committee with departments concerned with the airport.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore