Only new Airport would operate from March Next year: Brunner

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Bangalore, Oct 30 (UNI) Bangalore International Airport Limited CEO Albert Brunner today said that only one Airport would be operated after inauguration of the International Airport in Devanahalli in March 2008.

He ruled out possibility of continuing operation of the present Airport after March 2008. "It makes no sense to have two Airports in Bangalore", he added.

Speaking at the 'Round-table on Bangalore's Infrastructure - Connectivity to the New Bangalore International Airport' organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Industries and Commerce (BCIC) here today Mr Brunner took strong exception into the inordinate delay in providing highway connectivity to the new Airport.

Mr Brunner said that Rs 2400 crore Bangalore International Airport would be completed well in advance and would be commissioned on March 31st 2008.

Expressing his displeasure over delay in completing the connecting roads to International Airport, Mr Brunner said that while Airport was nearing completion well in advance the work undertaken by government agencies to build connectivity was going on snail pace.

While pointing out that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had awarded contract to build flyover to an agency which had never built bridges in the past the BIAL intervened and assumed responsibility and it has only 9 months to complete the works which could not accomplish during last five years, he said.

Mr Brunner said that the BIAL, had invested over Rs 2400 crores to build the Devanahalli International Airport and other agencies which won the contract for Cargo, ground handling and other related works have invested another Rs 1000 crores more so far.

"The expectation of growth potential at Bangalore International Airport was already overshot and BIAL had to review its strategies to meet the challenge" he said adding that now there is a need to to concentrate on improving connectivity.

UNI

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