ಗುಲ್ಬರ್ಗ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Airport type||Private owned for public use|
|Owner||Government of Karnataka|
|Operator||Regional Airport-Holdings International Ltd (RAHI)|
|Location||Srinivas Saradagi, Kalaburagi|
Gulbarga Airport is a greenfield airport being built 15 km East of Kalaburagi city on State Highway 10 (Sedam Road) near Srinivas Saradagi village. It is scheduled be opened for commercial use by July 2013. The 1.86 billion project is being developed by Regional Airport Holdings International Ltd. (RAHI), under Public–private partnership (PPP) with the Government of Karnataka (GoK) and has been delayed due to disputes between the private shareholder companies of Gulbarga Airport Development Ltd (GADL).
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.
Due to a change in the project shareholding ratio, a Supplementary Development Agreement was signed on 22 May 2010. Bangalore-based RAHI acquired 22% in the project and overall management and financial control. RAHI is a joint venture (JV) between IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL) and Comet Infra-Developments Private Limited (CIDPL) – an infrastructure development group. The company is also developing Shimoga Airport. Gulbarga airport was to have started operations in the later half of 2012 but has been delayed due to financial mismanagement disputes between RAHI and IL&FS, the shareholders of Gulbarga Airport Development Ltd (GADL). Both companies have blamed each other for delays in project completion and have traded allegations of financial impropriety, fraud, and non-infusion of the assured equity for the project.
Land acquisition, lease and development
The government acquired 567 acres of land and leased it to the joint venture firms for a period of 30 years wherein the latter would pay lease rent 15,111 per acre annually, amounting to 8.6 million to the government. The lease rent will be increased by 10% every three years during the lease period. RAHI, is planning to use the landside of the airport for further commercial use by the creation of a geo-specific industry cluster to empower local communities and grow the economy. An integrated aviation hub with an International Aviation University has been proposed at the airport landside. The airport itself will be spread over the area of 371 acres and the landside will occupy the remaining 322 acres.
The airport terminal building and nearby areas are planned and designed by Bangalore-based architectural firm, 'Vitruvian Architects', Terminal building will reflect the philosophy behind RAHI and the location in a unique way – cost effective, futuristic, and seamless style; environment-friendly. The concept is based on three elements: air distribution system with wind tower, passive cooling methods and façade elements. Green rating is one of the key factors of the terminal building.
Work on Phase I of the construction started on 12 April 2011.
Phase I - Airport development
- Construction of runway of length 1900m and width 45m
- Development of the terminal and associated facilities
- Air taxi and non-scheduled air services
Phase II - Development of associated services
- Development of the geo-specific industry cluster – aviation hub, International Aviation University
- Airport fully operational for small aircraft
Phase III - Large-aircraft Capability
- Expansion within the next 7 years to provide landing capabilities for large aircraft
- Construction of runway of length 3400m
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