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A visit to the Devanahalli International Airport

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http://www.karnataka.com/watch/blr-airport/snaps.shtml 

Last week, we had been to visit the BIAL (Bangalore International Airport limited) consortium premises at Devanahalli – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devanahalli.

http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/bangalore/

This is located in Devanahalli (about 25 kms from Bangalore City).

The airport is huge – even by International standards. However, the terminal building has parking slots for 9 aircrafts at the moment (Still under construction).

We were greeted by our L&T contact engineer at their project site and then we proceeded to a conference room where he ran an audio/visual that depicts the progress made by this consortium in constructing this airport.

After this, we proceeded to the main ATC building (still under construction) and thereon in a Tata Sumo 4×4 to the runway located about 2-3 kms away. The airport entrance itself is about 5 kms from the main Bellary road.

The runway is almost near completion and due to commence cargo operations sometime in April 2008 and L&T claims they are on track for this phase of their construction activity).

The L&T engineers were extremely cordial in all respects.

Only a truly rugged vehicle like the Tata Sumo 4×4 can negotiate that kind of a terrain where roads are dug up and you have only go on rough tracks with pits sometimes as deep as 3-4 feet and then rising again to steeply. The runway is about 6 feet thick with various layers and has been asphalted and almost made ready.

We went the entire stretch of the 4 km runaway in the Sumo (possibly the only time we can actually do this!)

Later we returned and were shown all the construction activity and the architectural marvel that this airport is to be.

The interior design of the building is huge. Construction of only a part of it has been started and the second phase involving another terminal building comes up in the later stages (a few years later). The roofing of the terminal building is such that it allows sunlight to come streaming down.

The consortium for this BIAL project involves the following parties:

1. Larsen and Toubro (L&T Komatsu) Limited

2. Siemens AG

3. Zurich Airport

4. KSSIDC

5. Karnataka Government

The design of the airport is on the lines of the Zurich airport – I am told.

The split side of this airport springing up in that area is that the entire real estate market in Bangalore North has gone up by leaps and bounds in recent years.

The entire Bellary road that connects Bangalore city to this International airport has now been converted to a 6-lane highway. Commute times that would earlier take 1 hour from city to Yelahanka now takes less than 20 minutes.

Bangalore is seriously in need of a world-class airport and we wait with bated breath to see this airport become operational!

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Written by Naveen Athresh

April 28, 2007 at 9:31 am

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  1. […] The Devanahalli International airport project (please see one of my earlier post on this – https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2007/04/28/a-visit-to-the-devanhalli-international-airport/) has caused a major appreciation in land prices in/around the Bangalore North district that leads […]

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  3. hi
    as many of the bangaloreans,even i am very curious about the upcoming airport,more so because i have bought a plot some were in the IVC road.I am a software guy and would love to know wether the upcoming airport pave away for establishment of IT hubs near deavanahalli..or will that be still concentrated in the southern bangalore..as per media it has only mentioned that it would see a growth of only service industries coming up in this area is that true,,or will it also see rising IT hubs..please reply.

    prashanh

    October 4, 2007 at 12:28 pm

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    Josh McDaniels

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