Shivamogga airport will become international in 2-3 years, says CM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi closely talking with CM Basavaraj Bommai.

SHIVAMOGGA: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that the newly inaugurated Shivamogga airport will become an international one in the next one or two years.

Speaking about the newly-built airport, inaugurated today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said Shivamogga is the main gateway to the Malnad region, and the airport will open vistas for commerce, trade, agriculture, industry, and industrialisation. It will provide connectivity to all the airports across the country.

Bommai said the PM has made a lot of contributions to the state, and like India being the world leader, Karnataka will also become number one in the country. Heaping praise on the Centre, Bommai said that since 2014, over 30 airports were inaugurated, and another 10 to 15 airports are yet to be opened.

A press statement, further quoting the CM, said, “Since 2014, India has had the maximum number of medical colleges and that number was more than the medical colleges established in 1947. Last year, the Government of India sanctioned four medical colleges to the state. The water connections in the last eight years is three times more than the number of connections since independence. Every house is provided with drinking water connection under the Jal Jeevan Mission scheme. The maximum number of houses have been constructed since 2014 in the country under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The total number of toilets built in the country in the last seven years had been three times when compared to the construction of toilets since 1947”.

Bommai said India is economically stable and complimented PM Modi for India assuming the post of the chair the G20 meet. “It is a matter of happiness that the G20 is a prestigious forum that takes decisions on various international issues including economic and social. Karnataka has been playing an important role in the country’s development. The maximum Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is coming to Karnataka, which is the number one in technology and innovation. The Vijayapura airport is ready for the inauguration and the Hassan airport is getting ready. The work on the Karwar airport will start soon. The work on the Raichur, Koppal and Davangere airports will start this year. As per the wishes of PM Modi, seven ports have been taken up for development under the Sagarmala scheme. In the last five years, 6,000 national highways had been sanctioned for which Rs 64,000 crore had been sanctioned of which the PM has sanctioned Rs 34 crore to Karnataka”, he added.

Further, detailing the welfare scheme in the state, CM Bommai stated, “On March 11 this year, PM Modi is set to inaugurate the Bengaluru-Mysuru Express Highway and IIT Complex in Dharwad”. He claimed the double-engine government is responsible for the state’s development.

Bommai also praised his predecessor and former CM B S Yediyurappa, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday. “Despite being badly attacked, he (Yediyurappa) took a re-birth and fought for people’s issues, and made rich contributions as the CM.” (ANI)

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