The State government will soon float tenders for recommencement of the airport construction work in the city.
In reply to a query raised by K.B. Prasanna Kumar, Shivamogga MLA, in the recently concluded State legislature session, Minister R. Roshan Baig said the State government planned to implement the project in the public-private-partnership model.
The government in March 2007 had given its nod for construction of an airport near Sogane on the outskirts of the city, and had acquired 662 acres. Initially, the project was estimated to cost Rs. 194 crore. It was planned to construct a 3.1 km-long runway, a terminal building, and essential infrastructure to handle passengers and cargo.
The State had entered into a MoU with Shimoga Airport Developers Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture private firm that bagged the contract in December 2010. According to the MoU, the work was to be completed in 24 months. The work was suspended few months later owing to difference of opinion between the partners of the firm. As the firm failed to complete the work within the stipulated time, the State government cancelled the agreement in January 2015, and the work has been halted since. Jonathan Bullard Jersey