Karna CM inaugurates Kalaburagi airport

Bengaluru, Nov 22 (PTI) Kalaburagi, a backward districtof Karnataka, found a spot in the country's aviation map onFriday with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa inaugurating agreenfield airport.

Spread over 740 acres, the airport has been built at acost of Rs 230 crore.

It is aimed at catering to other neighbouringdistricts in North Karnataka.

Yediyurappa recalled how his previous government in2008 had planned an airport in Kalaburagi but was delayed by11 years.

The intention behind opening the airport in this partof Karnataka is to attract investments in Tier-2 and Tier 3cities like Bidar, Hubballi, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Yadgir,Raichur, Koppal, Ballari, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Bijapur, Gadagand Haveri, he said.

The chief minister said he was pretty sure that theinfrastructure would improve the living standards of people asit will give thrust to trade, industrial and tourismactivities and generate job for the residents.

The Kalyana Karnataka region (previouslyHyderabad-Karnataka region) is among the most arid regions ofIndia. Development of this region had become a mirage due tofrequent droughts.

Of the 114 backward taluks of the state, 29 are inKalyana Karnataka, Yediyurappa told the gathering.

The chief minister highlighted the various measurestaken by his government to develop the region.

The three deputy chief ministers-- Govind Karjol,C N Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi, besides state homeminister Basavaraj Bommai and large and medium scaleindustries minister Jagadish Shettar were present. PTI GMSBN BN