Karnataka’s important district, Bellary will soon be getting an airport that will be built at the total cost Rs 140 crore. The airport to be named ‘Emperor Srikrishnadevaraya Airport’ will be spread over 900 acres and is expected to boost the district’s tourism sector once operational. The decision to build the airport was taken by the Karnataka government after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chennai-based MARG Ltd.
According to the details given by Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy, the foundation stone for the airport will be laid by a farmer on August 20th. The foundation ceremony will be attended by Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, Janardhana Reddy and other top politicians.
MARG, the developers of the airport, plans to invest Rs110 crore in the first phase and Rs 250 crore in the second. “Bellary airport project will be a unique one. Initially, it will have a single runway to accommodate ATR 42 and 72 range of aircrafts. Gradually we will go for further development of the runway to cater to bigger aircraft like A320,” said GVK Reddy, managing director, MARG.
Bellary that has excellent network by road to different parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa is dotted with many parks and hills. Some of the famous tourist attractions include Bellary Fort- a place of historical, archeological and geological interest, Kuntegadda Park, Bellary Zoo, Ballari and Kumbara Hills, Ballari Gudda among others.