In Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the Shivamogga airport (February 27, 2023). Over 663 acres of land, the Shivamogga airport was constructed for a cost of $449 crore.
A brief about Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate Shivamogga airport in Karnataka
The prime minister travelled to Karnataka to launch a number of additional development projects totaling more than Rs 3,600 crore. He stated that he thought these initiatives would aid in the development of the state and would increase connectivity, business, and tourism in the area.
The opening of the Shivamogga airport is the most recent development in the plan to improve aviation connectivity throughout the country. The Shivamogga airport, which was built at a cost of more than Rs 450 crore, can easily accommodate about 7,200 people per day.
There are international airports in the Bengaluru and Mangaluru regions of Karnataka, while the Shivamogga airport is the state’s ninth domestic airport. The UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik) programme of the federal government funded the construction of the Shivamogga airport, which has the second-longest runway in the state at 3,200 metres.
The former chief minister of Karnataka, B S Yediyurappa, was the original candidate for the airport’s name, but Kuvempu insisted on it instead. Today, February 27, is Yediyurappa’s 80th birthday and the day the airport opened.
The first aircraft to touch down at this new airport was the prime minister’s. When commercial planes will begin departing from the Shivamogga airport has not yet been confirmed.
Along with opening the Shivamogga airport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Karnataka to lay the groundwork for several other projects.
He lay the cornerstone for a new bypass route connecting Byndur and Ranibennur on NH 766C, starting from Shikaripura Town. He also launched a project to widen the NH-169A from Megaravalli to Agumbe.
In addition, PM Modi initiated projects like multi-village projects and household pipe water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission, which is intended to help about 440,000 people in Karnataka, totaling 44 smart city projects worth Rs 895 crore.