|Airport type Public|
Owner Government of Karnataka
|Location Srinivas Saradagi, Kalaburagi district|
Locals fume over delay in gulbarga airport project work
Gulbarga Airport is a greenfield airport being built to serve Gulbarga in Karnataka, India. The project site is 15 km East of the city on State Highway 10 (Sedam Road) near Srinivas Saradagi village. The Airport is being built by the Karnataka State Public Works Department (PWD) with technical assistance from the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The Rs. 120 Crore project was initially scheduled be built under Public–private partnership (PPP) with the Government of Karnataka (GoK) However, due to delays in project execution, the contract was terminated in January 2015.
- Locals fume over delay in gulbarga airport project work
- Gulbarga airport
- Project history
- Land acquisition lease and development
- Terminal building
On 15 November 2007, the government of Karnataka awarded the Gulbarga Airport project to a consortium of Maytas Infra Ltd. (Now IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited), NCC Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (NCC) and VIE India Project Development and Holding on a Build–operate–transfer (BOT) basis. The concession period was to be 30 years, extendable by an additional 30 years, by mutual agreement.
Gulbarga Airport Developers Pvt Ltd (GADPL), a Special Purpose Company (SPC), was established to sign the Project Development Agreement (PDA) with the Infrastructure Development Department of the Government of Karnataka. The Shareholding pattern of Maytas Infra, NCC and VIE in the SPC was 37%, 37% and 26% respectively. The agreement was subsequently signed on 2 April 2008. and the foundation stone for Phase I of the project was laid by former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri B. S. Yeddyurappa on 14 June 2008.
Gulbarga airport was to have started operations in the later half of 2012 but was delayed due to financial mismanagement disputes between the shareholders of Gulbarga Airport Development Ltd (GADL).
The State Government terminated the contract in January 2015 for not complying with the Project Development Agreement (PDA), which required the completion of construction work by May 2012. The State Government then decided to complete the remaining work through its own Public Works Department. In September 2016, the State PWD started the first phase of work on the airport. This included extending the runway to 3,260 metres from the existing 1,900 metres to facilitate the landing of larger aircraft and completing the compound wall. Construction of the terminal building and other facilities would be taken up in the second phase.
Land acquisition, lease and development
The government has acquired 567 acres of land for the project. The airport itself will be spread over the area of 371 acres and the landside will occupy the remaining 322 acres.
The completion of the unfinished airport terminal building will be taken up in the second phase.