|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (February 2013)|
ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Owner||Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka|
|Operator||Regional Airport-Holdings International Ltd (RAHI)|
|Elevation AMSL||615 m / 2,017 ft|
Shimoga Airport is India’s first private regional greenfield airport developed under totha Public-Private–Partnership, in association with the Government of Karnataka (GoK). The project is being developed by Regional Airport – Holdings International Limited, a pioneer in aviation infrastructure and services. The airport was scheduled to be fully operational by 1 May 2014 to provide air taxi and non-scheduled air services. Due to differences among the partners the project has come to stand-still at the moment. Airport Authority of India has shown interest in taking over the project from the private developer.
The location of the airport is at Sogane village, 8.8 km (5.5 mi) from Shimoga and 8.2 km (5.1 mi) from Bhadravathi.
A team of experts from Airports Authority of India visited the two identified sites at Sogane near Shimoga and Nagarabavi village near Ayanur on 4 April 2006. Of the two sites inspected by the AAI team, the one at Sogane was found most suitable due to its wind direction and velocity conditions. The only concern was that the land was uneven and needed to be levelled. The other site near Ayanur was found inadequate in width for the runway of the proposed airport
The project was initially awarded 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 15 November 2007, on a BOT basis (Concession period is 30 years. The concession shall at the option of consortium be extended for a further period of 30 years, by Mutual Agreement).
A Special Purpose Company (SPC) by name Shimoga Airport Developers Pvt Ltd (SADPL), has been established to sign the Project Development Agreement (PDA) with IDD, Government of Karnataka. The Shareholding pattern of Maytas Infra, NCC and VIE will be 37%, 37% and 26% respectively in the SPC. The project development agreement was signed on 2 April 2008.
Due to a change in the project shareholding ratio, a Supplementary Development Agreement was signed on 21 December 2010. Bangalore-based company Regional Airport-Holdings International Limited (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) – a dominant player in transportation infrastructure development and finance; and Comet Infra-Developments Private Limited (CIDPL) – an infrastructure development group. It is a pioneer in the development of regional aviation that focuses on the development of regional airports, allied air services and geo-specific industry clusters. The company is currently developing another greenfield airport in Gulbarga, Karnataka. Both airports will start operations in the later half of 2012.
Land acquisition and lease
The government had acquired 662.38 acres of land, and 58.3 million released for acquisition and development. Compensation for formers given, for private land 600,000 for an acre of dry land and 700,000 for an acre of wetland, and for farmers using government land 200,000 per acre. About 130 acres of private land and 530 acres of government land acquired for the project. Families living in the affected area were provided monetary compensation and alternate housing.
The Land Lease Deed signed on 21 December 2010 commits the lessee to the rent 20,232 per acre annually to the GoK (13.4 million). The lease rent will increase by 10% every three years during the lease period.
Airport and landside development
The project developer, RAHI, is planning to utilise the airport landside for further commercial use by the creation of a geo-specific industry cluster to empower local communities and grow the economy. An integrated horticulture and floriculture hub has been proposed at the Shimoga landside. The airport itself will be spread over the area of 342 acres and the landsides will occupy the remaining 320 acres.
The airport terminal building and nearby area is planned and designed by Banglore based architectural firm called '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 building elements are one of the key features. mada al saudia trading development establishment
The total project cost is estimated at 2.30 billion.
Work on Phase I of the construction started on 12 April 2011. Infrastructure Development Corporation Karnataka Limited (IDeCK) has been appointed as a consultant to oversee the project implementation, including verification of the physical and financial progress of the airport project.
Phase I Airport Development
- Construction of runway of length 1910m and width 45m
- Develop 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 – horticulture and floriculture hub
- Airport fully operational for small aircraft by May 2012
Phase III Large-aircraft Capability
- Expansion within the next 7 years to provide landing capabilities for large aircraft
- Construction of runway of length 3400m
- Airport at Shimoga likely to come up at Sogane The Hindu, India's National Newspaper
- Companies express interest in developing airports in Bijapur, Shimoga and Gulbarga Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.
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- Shimoga Airport IL&FS Engineering Services
- Maytas, NCC sign pacts for Shimoga, Gulbarga airports The Hindu Business Line
- Maytas Infra led consortium to construct airport at Shimoga Moneycontrol, e-Eighteen.com Ltd.
- Minor Airports - Shimoga Airport The Official Website of Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka
- Shimoga airport: compensation for landowners fixed The Hindu
- Government Order No. IDD 14 DIA 2007, Bangalore, dated 15.11.2007 The Official Website of Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka
- Work on Phase I of the construction
- Fees to iDeCK for Project Management Services for the construction of Shimoga Airport The Official Website of Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka