PM to inaugurate Devanahalli Airport on March 29, 2008

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Bangalore, Oct 30 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the Greenfield Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli on March 29, 2008, Karnataka Infrastructure Development Secretary V P Baligar said today.

Speaking at the 'Round-Table on Bangalore's infrastructure - Connectivity to new Bangalore International Airport' organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industries and Commerce (BCIC) here, he said Bangalore Internationl Airport Limited (BIAL) Board had requested the Prime Minister to inaugurate the Rs 2400 crore airport.

Mr Baligar said the much delayed work of Trumpet Interchange connecting State Highway to airport was entrusted with the BIAL and it would be completed by December 2007.

The State Government had plans to construct a 35-km high-speed railway connection to international airport from main junction in the city, he added.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was asked to submit the project proposal for the Rs 3700 crore project, expected to be completed in next four to five years if approved by the State Government, said Mr Baligar.

The state government also proposes to build an Express Highway from outer ring road to the new airport at a cost of Rs 1000 crore, he said.

Adding that to handle cargo movement effectively, the State owned MSIL had planned to build a Cargo Village near the new Airport and the state government had allotted 7.5 acres of land for the purpose.

UNI

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