HUBBALLI: A greenfield international airport will be constructed at the historic town of Kittur between Dharwad and Belagavi, Karnataka Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani has said.
He made the announcement at TiEcon-2022, a summit of businesspeople and entrepreneurs, in Hubballi on March 26.
Nirani, who studied engineering at Hubballi’s KLE Technological University but hails from Bilgi in Bagalkot district, said that both Hubballi and Belagavi airports would remain domestic airports while international flights would be operated from the greenfield airport to be built by the Adani group.
The announcement — if it’s followed up with an official announcement, a detailed project report and a state cabinet decision — comes as an anti-climax to the ongoing calls for making Hubballi and Belagavi international airports.
Citizens and activists from the two neighbouring cities have been vociferous in their demand for an international airport in their city.
The choice of Kittur for an international airport is interesting. Kittur is located midway between Hubballi and Belagavi. It’s about 50 km from Hubballi, 30 km from Dharwad and about 45 km from Belagavi. The fact that it’s located on the national highway (Pune-Bengaluru road) makes it easier to access. Thirdly, a greenfield airport, although costly in the beginning, will be easier to run and maintain.
So what do you think about Kittur as an international airport? Is it a good choice? Do let us know.