Gulbarga Airport

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Gulbarga Airport
ಗುಲ್ಬರ್ಗ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ
IATA: noneICAO: none
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Karnataka
Serves Gulbarga/Kalaburagi
Location Srinivas Saradagi, Kalaburagi district
Coordinates 17°18′28″N 76°57′29″E / 17.30778°N 76.95806°E / 17.30778; 76.95806 (Gulbarga Airport)Coordinates: 17°18′28″N 76°57′29″E / 17.30778°N 76.95806°E / 17.30778; 76.95806 (Gulbarga Airport)
Gulbarga Airport is located in Karnataka
Gulbarga Airport
Gulbarga Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8,202 2,500 Asphalt

Gulbarga Airport is a greenfield airport being built to serve Gulbarga in Karnataka, India. The project site is 15 km East of the city on State Highway 10 (Sedam Road) near Srinivas Saradagi village. The Rs. 120 Crore project was initially scheduled be built under Public–private partnership (PPP) with the Government of Karnataka (GoK) and opened for commercial use by July 2013.[1] However, due to delays in project execution,[2] the contract was terminated in January 2015. The State will now complete the project through its own PWD with technical assistance from the Airports Authority of India (AAI).[3]

Project history[edit]

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),[4] 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.[5]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Due to a change in the project shareholding ratio,[citation needed] 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. Gulbarga airport was to have started operations in the later half of 2012 but was delayed[7] 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.[2]

The State Government terminated the contract in January 2015 for not complying with the Project Development Agreement (PDA). The airport construction work should have been completed by May 2012 as per the PDA. The State Government will now complete the work through its own Public Works Department. [3]

Project features[edit]

Land acquisition, lease and development[edit]

The government acquired 567 acres of land[8] 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 86 crore to the government. The lease rent was to be increased by 10% every three years during the lease period. RAHI had planned on using 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 had 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.

Terminal building[edit]

The airport terminal building and nearby areas are planned and designed by Bengaluru-based architectural firm, 'Vitruvian Architects'. The Terminal building will reflect the philosophy behind 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.[9]

Phase I - Airport development

  • Construction of runway of length 1,900 m and width 45 m
  • Development of the terminal and associated facilities
  • Air taxi and non-scheduled air services

Phase II - Development of associated services[citation needed]

  • Development of the geo-specific industry cluster – aviation hub, International Aviation University
  • Airport fully operational for small aircraft

Phase III - Large-aircraft Capability[citation needed]

  • Expansion within the next 7 years to provide landing capabilities for large aircraft
  • Construction of runway of length 3,400 m


  1. ^ "Karnataka to open two greenfield minor airports by July 2013". Business Standard. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Airport projects in four cities in limbo as promoters back out". Deccan Herald. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Kalaburagi airport project may go to PWD". Deccan Herald. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  4. ^ C R Sukumar (1 September 2009). IL&FS may partner foreign firms to improve Maytas Infra position. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Gulbarga Airport IL&FS Engineering Services
  6. ^ Gulbarga airport remains a promise Deccan Herald, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd
  7. ^ "Kharge fumes over delay in Gulbarga airport project work". The Hindu. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Minor Airports - Gulbarga Airport The Official Website of Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka
  9. ^ Work on Phase I of the construction started Times of India

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