MIA Runway expansion execution possibility is diminishing
Summa: As the central government wants the state government to acquire land needed for runway expansion like other states like Kerala and the state government is not ready to acquire land at its cost possibility of Mangaluru International Airport runway expansion is diminishing. Due to this Mangaluru may lose future opportunities to neighbouring Kerala. But good news is that Rs. 130 crores airport terminal expansion work is going to start in April. And Rs. 110 crores taxiway expansion work is going on.
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Summa: As per MR Vasudev, previous Director of MIA
- Karnataka government should stop comparing MIA with smaller non-performing airports of Karnataka
- Realize potential of this airport for immediate growth of the state just like Kerala & Goa are doing
- Runway Extension is very important for operating aircrafts like Boeing 747, Airbus 330
- Precision Approach Lighting System Class-II to be incorporated
- Roads surrounding airport should be developed
- Maravoor Bridge should be developed
- Cargo Terminal should be shifted to Deccan Park
- Well equipped Customs Clearance System is needed
- Local politicians should lobby with the state and the state should lobby with the centre for development of the airport
In addition I think, e-visa facility at airport is also an important requirement for developing tourism. And there is no further news on flying club
, business park, hotel and convention centre
which were proposed a long back.
AAI sources said that global logistics companies, trade and industry groups and pharmaceutical companies could look at occupying plots in the business park.
This airport has potential to help the parched districts of Karnataka in a bigway. If airport and surrounding regions are developed immediately then Mangaluru can also generate enough jobs and provide alternate destination for people coming currently to the parched city. The reverse migration will reduce the need for water and hence river diversion or putting up of thermal plant for powering water against gravity. The development of this airport is the most environmental friendly way of developing the state. And our politicians should lobby for this rigorously.
For the time being it looks like the state politicians are not interested in developing any alternative to the parched city, in fact it looks like they are afraid of any alternative coming up within the state and hence not showing interest in acquiring land for MIA airport extension. Probably state politicians were happy when Emirates Airlines, which initially considered MIA for its future expansion now considering Kerala airports only because of non-availability of longer runway for operating its big aircrafts. Looks like politicians and their sponsors have invested a lot in a single city and they are interested in increasing the value of their properties at the cost of ruining environment of rest of Karnataka. That is why they think of spending money on Aghanashini diversion or Netrvati diversion to damage rich westernghat and then put up thermal power plants to lift water instead of spending money on MIA runway extension and development of region around it.
Mangaluru needs to have good institutes like Indian Institute of Management, School of Economics, School of Logistics
(may be as part of Maritime College for Maritime Logistics Informatics, IT/ITES incubation), School of Commerce (for e-commerce IT/ITES incubation), Skills University, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology or Petroleum University, National Institute for Pharmaceutial Education & Research, Biomedical Engineering Education & Research Institute, Indian Institute of Robotics, National Institute of Water Management, Marine University or School of Marine Sciences or School of Oceanology
(Note that what Karnataka Government proposed under Sagarmala is Maritime College as university in Chennai is Maritime University
, and there is chance that bureaucrats misunderstanding Oceanology as Oceanography ) , Institute of Subsea Technologies
or Institute of Offshore Engineering
or National Subsea Research Institute (in collaboration with GSI, ONGC & KIOCL for deep sea mining)(1
), School of Food Science, School of Textiles & Design, National Institute of Clean Energy or National Institute of Clean Science & Technology
(for jobs in gulf countries as these countries are going for things like solar energy, smart cities, green buildings in a big way & MIA has good connectivity), Institute of Urban Management (urban managers are not only needed in India but also in emerging economies of gulf and african countries), Pilot Training Institute within 15 km radius of MIA. Mangaluru has contributed a lot in banking sector and hence to economics of the country but I don't know why state opened IIM and now thinking of opening School of Economics in a city which has contributed almost zero to banking sector. All these things are happening because DK politicians are not lobbying enough. Thanks to Hubli-Dharwad politicians IIT went to Hubli otherwise they would have turned even Phalguni river to supply water to it. All bad things to DK and rest of Karnataka happening because DK politicians are not lobbying enough to get any good institutes (like mentioned above) to our region. Mangaluru politicians have to learn a lot from North Karnataka politicians who are putting all efforts to bring big institutes to cities like Hubli, Gulbarga, etc. Nonethless every institute going away from the parched region to the other regions of water abundance should be a saviour for DK & its ecology. Otherwise our future generation may end up hearing "Just like, once upon a time, all roads lead to Rome all rivers are flowing to the parched city now" and we will continue to hear since Mangalore has Petroleum refinery the parched city should have Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology or since Mangalore has water and incubated many banks Karnataka should have School of Economics in the parched city. Then only Trump can save Karnataka!
MIA should be developed as a 'Highspeed Multimode Transportation Hub' connecting airline services with highspeed rail services and highspeed boat services (1
). For this MIA terminal has to be connected with HSR terminal and Highspeed Boat terminal through a common elevator or escalator. HSR & Metro terminal can be underground inside the hill. Both terminals should be connected to HSB terminal on Gurupura river through elevator. HSB terminal should provide HSB services to seaports in neighbouring districts. The boats can have a pick up point at Oldport so to have good frequency of HSB services. The good frequency should enable HSB timings to match with arrival and departure time of aeroplanes. I don't know whether current bridges on proposed waterways support easy movements of cargoes and HSBs. But new bridges including one proposed at Sultan Battery should have enough height and gap between pillars to support easier movements.
There may be a need for waterproof underground water canal to reach exact spot below the hill so that MIA, HSR, HSB terminals can be connected by a single lift. (approximately 400m open + 400m underground + ?m turning length). Boats can either move in reverse direction to come out or else canal should have a turning area. Or else it could be a curved canal with entry and exit points at river in different points. But in first phase, we can just have shuttle service from MIA terminal to a temporary HSB terminal. To give priority to HSBs BRTS terminal can be outside to avoid congestion inside the underground water canal but should have a walkway by the side of canal to reach lift. Anyway walkways are always useful in case of emergencies. But BRTS terminal can be brought as close to underground canal by having enough width in open canal area of BRTS terminal for manoeuvring boats. In any case if we don't want underground part of canal we can just have walkway. But just imagine landing on table top airport, getting to bottom of hill by lift, travelling through underground water canal, then river, then sea, what an exciting experience for a visitor! And possibility of check-in/check-out at Malpe, Kundapur, Bhakal, Kasargod!
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The Karnataka state government which don't even release money for just acquiring land of a performing airport runway expansion, will it be able to build all those airports it is claiming and execute projects to build economy for attracting traffic? Instead of selling dreams to people in every nook of the state why not compromise with reality? There is a story that if Karnataka politicians & bureaucrats were given 100 eggs they would have kept 90 eggs in one basket and remaining as 20 half-eggs, one half each, in 20 baskets for hatching.
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