Minister for Large and Medium Industries M. M. Patil on Tuesday said that the Karnataka government is considering bringing the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the new airports under the scope of the Karnataka State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation (KSIIDC).

KSIIDC is a body operating under the Department of Large and Medium Industries.

Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha, Patel said talks will be held with the center on the operation and maintenance of the new airports.

“Shivamoga Airport is ready to start operations and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has given its approval,” he said. Similarly, added Patel, the government also intends to operate and maintain the Vijayapura and Hassan airports under construction.

He thought that it would be good for us to operate and maintain the new airports on our own in the future, and would reap financial benefits. Citing an example, he said that Shirdi Airport is operated and maintained by the Maharashtra government itself. “This model is being followed in 2-3 other states as well,” he explained.

The state has constructed an airport at Kalapuragi at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. However, this has been handed over to the airport authority. Instead, there will be local benefits if we manage ourselves,” the minister said.

Patel also said that at present, there are no plans to take back the land which was sanctioned to Chanakya University during the BJP rule. He added that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will take a call about it. However, Patil assured that action will be taken in cases related to land misuse and said that the land allotments will be scrutinized by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB).


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