Second international airport needed near Bengaluru; 4,500 acres land required: Karnataka Minister MB Patil

He also said Karnataka has secured ₹6,450 crore in investment commitments with the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 10, 2024 | 6:34 PM Updated Jul 10, 2024 | 7:40 PM

Karnataka Minister MB Patil

Karnataka Minister MB Patil on Wednesday, 10 July, insisted upon the need for a second International Airport near Bengaluru, which will handle at least 100 million passengers annually, and said it would require at least 4,500 acres to 5,000 acres of land to cater to the fastest growing city.

“We will have a meeting with technical experts before moving the proposal to the chief minister and the state cabinet on it. In the next three months you will see things moving in that direction,” Patil, who holds the large and medium Industries and infrastructure development portfolio, told reporters in Bengaluru.

He also said Karnataka has secured ₹6,450 crore in investment commitments from Japan and South Korea with the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs. He was on a visit to the two countries from 24 June to 5 July.

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Cites need for second airport

Stating that Bengaluru being the technology and innovation hub has Kempegowda International Airport which is the third busiest airport after Delhi and Mumbai, he said it currently handles 52 million passengers and 0.71 million tonnes of cargo annually.

It would peak at 110 million passengers and 1.10 million tonnes of cargo by 2035, he said. “By all accounts, Kempegowda Airport will reach the end of its carrying capacity by 2035. Hence, we need a second international airport.”

When he was told about the Tamil Nadu government’s announcement to build an international airport in Hosur, Patil said only after Karnataka announced this project did the neighbouring state start talking about building a new airport in Hosur.

He, however, clarified that Karnataka has no problem with that.

On the possible location of the second airport, the minister pointed out that there should be no hills, rivers/seas or high-rise buildings anywhere around it.

In addition, there should be a good quality state and national highway as well as rail and metro connectivity.

The minister pointed out that the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which built and operates Kempegowda airport had stipulated that no international airport should be built within a radius of 150 km till 2033.

“If we work immediately, we can develop the new airport by 2033,” he explained.

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MoUs worth ₹6,450 crore

“We have received investment commitments and MoUs worth ₹6,450 crore. These commitments from six major companies are projected to create over 1,000 jobs in Karnataka,” Patil told reporters.

He said the delegation met more than 35 industry leaders and 200 companies in the two roadshows conducted in Japan and South Korea.

In Japan, the delegation met with key industry leaders including those from Renesas Electronics Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Yamaha Motor Company, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Panasonic Energy, Nidec Corporation, Nissan Motor Corporation, Brother Industries, Shimadzu Corporation, and Hitachi, Patil said.

In South Korea, meetings were held with Samsung Electronics, LG Energy Solutions, LX Electronics, NIFCO Korea, OCI Holdings, Krafton, HYAC, Hyundai Motors, YG-1, and Hyosung Advanced Materials, among others.

Patil said Osaka Gas has committed to expanding its gas distribution infrastructure in Karnataka with an investment of ₹5,000 crore over the next five years.

DN Solutions signed a ₹1,000 crore MoU to establish a manufacturing facility for precision tools and automation systems, expected to create approximately 350 jobs.

Japanese automobile component supplier Aoyama Seisakusho too expressed its interest to invest Rs 210 crore to set up a manufacturing facility in the Japanese Industrial Township in the State, Patil said.

(With PTI inputs)

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