Bengaluru: The state government should take measures to commence the work on alternative road to Kempegowda International Airport immediately as the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) is ready to open the second entrance at south-west boundary of the airport, according to P C Mohan, MP, Bengaluru Central.
Mohan said the Kempegowda International Airport is the busiest airport in the country and handles 19.24 lakh passengers per year. “As a result of having only one entrance – from the Bengaluru-Hyderabad highway, the daily peak hour figure of 23,799 PCUs pass through Hebbal junction, which has become a permanent bottleneck. I am happy to state that upon my request, Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, has taken up the matter of opening a second entrance to KIA with the airport authorities and the state government on priority basis. The union minister has examined the issue and stated that the Karnataka government and airport authorities had agreed on an alternative route in October 2015 itself,’’ Mohan said.
He said while the construction of the road within the boundary wall wouldl be taken up by BIAL, state PWD has been identified as the implementation agency for the approach road. “The second entrance will also benefit passengers from the south-east, Whitefield and east Bengaluru side (whom police have estimated to be at 50 per cent of the total air passengers) as it will not only cut the distance drastically but also avoid the Hebbal junction altogether,’’ he said.
He said the Union Minister has stated that BIAL actively pursuing the matter with the Karnataka government for quick completion of the project. “As an elected representative from Bengaluru Central, I have taken up this matter many times with the Karnataka government too but they seemed to be in no hurry to pursue this vital project and instead keen to go ahead with the Rs 2,000 plus crore steel flyover linking Basaveshwara Circle with Esteem Mall (extended by BDA past Hebbal flyover now). On behalf of millions of Bengalureans, I thank the Civil Aviation Minister for taking up the matter on priority. I urge the Karnataka government to pay serious attention to this alternative road project and complete the same as soon as possible. lt will also be much cheaper than building a steel flyover which is a waste of public money and an issue that has faced serious opposition from the public,’’ he said.