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K'taka govt assures full support to BIAL for completing project

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Bangalore, Mar 3: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa today (Mar 3, 2006) assured Bangalore International Airport Project (BIAL) Chief Executive Officer Albert Brunner that the State Government would extend full support for the completion of the airport project here within the scheduled time frame.

An official release here said the assurance was given when Mr Bruner called on Mr Yediyurappa today and sought the government's cooperation to speed up the ongoing works and take up expansion as per the directions of the Airports Authority of India.

Mr Bruner also said the expansion was necessary as the air traffic between Bangalore and other destinations across the globe was on the rise everyday.

Giving his assurance, Mr Yediyurappa told Mr Bruner, ''I will consult the Chief Minister in this regard and get the necessary support from the government side.'' He also said that the requirments of the next 50 years should be kept in mind while designing any project and also stressed that the airport should be completed within the scheduled time frame and well ahead of the Hyderabad International Airport project. It should become operational by January 2008 as per schedule, he added.

Mr Yediyurappa informed that the issue of appointing a Chairman to the BIAL was under active consideration and a decision would soon be taken in consultation with the Chief Minister. He also assured to visit the BIAL site and inspect the on going works, the release added.

It may be recalled that IT major Infosys Technologies Chief Mentor N R Narayanamurthy had stepped down as BIAL Chairman a few months ago, taking strong exception to former Prime Minister and JD (S) President H D Deve Gowda alleging that he had not taken enough measures to take the project ahead.

UNI

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