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Its known to us that Bellary "the land of mines".Undoubtedly is the richest district in South India.Yet it fails to boast about the infrastructure needed to match its image as the "simply rich".
Its hard to believe that this city has two airports : One landlocked in the city center with no further scope of expansion. The other of course is owned by the JSW which can be expanded.

But the yeddi's govt and the reddy brothers want a green field airport at in Chaganur and Siriwar villages.

Below are the google earth images of the two airports/airstrips in Bellary. The images are pretty old;mapped sometime in 2005.
1) The one located in the city center

2) The other owned by the JSW


Need for an airport:

Bellary is some 70 km or two hours by road to the ruins at Hampi, a world heritage site and seat of the 15th-century Vijayanagar empire. Sanganakallu is home to Neolithic ruins. The region attracts one million tourists every year, half of them international travellers, according to the IDD document.

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Airport project runs into rough weather

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Controversy over land acquisition near Bellary refuses to die down

Proposal to acquire 1,000 acres of fertile land

in Chaganur and Siriwar villages opposed


People are questioning the necessity for constructing the new airport

BELLARY: The proposal to construct a new greenfield airport near Bellary has run into rough weather.

For, the controversy between the Government and farmers, who are supported by all political parties except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the land identified for the project refuses to die down. The Government has proposed to acquire over 1,000 acres of fertile and irrigated land in Chaganur and Siriwar villages, which is about 15 km from Bellary city, for construction of the airport.

The farmers are opposing the move on the ground that fertile land on which two crops are raised annually would be lost permanently if the airport was constructed. This will result in the farmers and agricultural workers losing their livelihood.

They are urging the Government to choose barren land in Bellary or other taluks of the district for the airport project.

The farmers and the Opposition political parties have intensified their agitation, especially after the lathi-charge on farmers staging “rasta roko” on the National Highway 63 on February 15. They organised Bellary district bandh on Wednesday.

Several senior political leaders, including former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande, have visited the two villages and extended their support to the farmers’ cause.

However, people are questioning the necessity for constructing the new airport when there are already two airports in the district — one in Bellary city and the other at Toranagal which is 35 km away from the city, and the need for acquiring fertile land for the project.

Official sources said that that the Government had come out with a policy to construct airports in several districts with the aim of developing infrastructure and improving connectivity. The land identified near Chaganur and Siriwar was suitable for the project, according to a feasibility report given to the Infrastructure Development Corporation Karnataka Ltd., and survey had revealed that barren land/dryland elsewhere near Bellary was surrounded by hillocks and was not suitable for constructing airport.

The airport in Bellary city is small and there is no scope for extending the runway as there are railway track and irrigation canals nearby. At present, the airport is not in use and the idea of developing it has been dropped. The airport constructed by the Jindals at Toranagal is bigger than the one in the city. People are wondering why the BJP Government wants to go ahead with the project in spite of the opposition, giving an impression that the common man was being let down by the party ahead of the general elections.

G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for Tourism, has said that the airport was necessary for Bellary especially at a time when the district is emerging as a “steel hub” and many entrepreneurs are keen on setting up industries here.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission Chairman S.R. Nayak will be visiting Chaganur and Siriwar villages on March 2 to receive petitions from the public with regard to the airport project.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/02/27/stories/2009022752400300.htm
 

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Chaganur, Siriwar farmers reach Bellary city

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They began their ‘urulu seve’ on July 5

It is part of the steps to pressure the Government

‘Drop move to acquire irrigated land for airport’

BELLARY: Farmers of Chaganur and Siriwar villages in Bellary taluk entered Bellary city on Wednesday covering a distance of about 25 km. They have taken up “urulu seve” to not only oppose the proposed move of the Government to acquire fertile, irrigated land for an airport but also to highlight their plight in the event of land being taken over.

The “urulu seve”, which began on July 5 at Chellagurki, was part of the series of agitations planned by the farmers to mount pressure on the Government, particularly Minister for Tourism G. Janardhan Reddy, to drop the proposed move.

The “urulu seve” was performed by several farmers on a relay basis.

A large number of people from these two villages followed them shouting slogans against the Government and making their stand clear that they would not part with their land.

Mallikarjun Reddy, advocate, who is spearheading the agitation, expressed concern over the alleged failure of the Government to respond to the plight of the farmers, which, according to him, they have been highlighting since six months by organising a series of agitations.

The Government had not inquired why the farmers did not want to part with their land, even after a delegation of farmers took out a padayatra to the Governor and submitted a memorandum.

The Government had given misleading information in the gazette notification, he told The Hindu.

“Our stand has been clear. We will not part with our land and we are ready to intensify the agitation if the Government fails to concede our demand,” Mr. Reddy said and added that the Government should not give scope for another Singur/Nandigram-like situation here.

Taking exception to the reported statements of G. Karunakar Reddy, Minister for Revenue, that 99 per cent of the farmers were ready to give their land for the airport, Mr. Reddy reiterated that let there be an open debate on the issue. “I have been inviting the Reddy brothers and the Government for an open debate on the issue. Let them come out in the open and name the farmers who have agreed to part with their land,” he said and blamed the Minister for trying to create a divide among farmers by giving misleading statements.

Representatives of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) and the All India Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane (AIMSS) received the farmers at the city entrance.

On Thursday, the farmers would reach the office of the Deputy Commissioner by performing “urulu seve” and submit a memorandum.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/07/09/stories/2009070951800300.htm
 

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Fertile land acquired for Bellary airport?

July 2nd, 2009
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Bellary, July 1: Farmers who have been protesting the acquisition of their land in Sangankal, Siriwar and Chaganur villages for a greenfield airport in Bellary, claim the government has described their fertile land as dry in the gazette notification, in a deliberate move to mislead public opinion.

Minister for tourism and infrastructure development, Janardhan Reddy who is firm on the new airport for Bellary coming up on the site chosen near Chaganur and Siriwar on the outskirts of the city, despite the protests, recently told reporters that a gazette notification had been issued to acquire 1,250 acres in Chaganur and Siriwar villages.

Farmers who have studied the gazette notification, claim it has falsely classified their fertile agriculture land as dry (kushki).

They point out that the seven acres belonging to one Nemakallappa, which bears the survey No 290 A/1, has been notified as dry although the Land Record of Rights says water is being supplied to them from the high level canal of the Tungabhadra dam.

Farmers also dispute the claim made by Mr Janardhan Reddy on the floor of the Legislative Council that the land identified for the airport did not have an irrigation canal, natural drainage or a lake. They point out that revenue department records show that agriculture land here gets water from the high level canal of the Tungabhadra dam and is served by a natural drain, Chagalamma Halla, which feeds around 500 acres.

Leader of the Chaganur farmers Mallikarjun Reddy says if the 1250 acres notified by the government are acquired, irrigation canal water supply, currently routed through them, will be cut off for some 4,000 acres, turning them barren.

“The government did not have the courtesy to invite us for talks even when we went on a padayatra to Bengaluru. It has now issued a gazette notification for land acquisition. It is being dishonest with us. We have decided not to give up our land at any cost and to continue with our agitation,” he said.


http://www.deccanchronicle.com/bengaluru/fertile-land-acquired-bellary-airport-017
 

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Bellary: Private Aircraft Capital of India!

18 Jan 2007, 0151 hrs IST, URVASHI JHA, TNN

BANGALORE: Bellary. To most people outside Karnataka, the word evokes, at most, a vague image of a remote, dusty mining town. But the global
commodity boom that has driven metal prices to stratospheric levels has turned Bellary - which accounts for 20% of India’s iron ore production - into a luxurious oasis. Here, designer houses with a phalanx of BMWs and Mercs in the garage and Himesh Reshammiya weekends boast of a private jet or a chopper in the hangar.

The rate at which the ‘miners’ are cutting eight-figure cheques, the district may soon run for the title of ‘Private Aircraft Capital of India’, accounting for almost 10% of the market for private flying machines.

The rich and the mighty in Karnataka’s north-east district, after cornering more than a fair share of the market for flashy four wheels, have now taken a fancy to jet-setting. Of the 50-70 private jets in India, as many as eight private aircraft, including two Bell helicopters, are in Bellary. Two more private aircraft and two choppers are likely to join the fleet this year.

Mine owners Lad Brothers, politician Janardhan Reddy, Baldota’s flagship iron ore firm MSPL, Bellary Iron Ores (BIOP) and Hothur Iron Ore are some of the prized owners of private aircraft in Bellary. “Flying is convenient for official and industrial visits from Bellary to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Cochin,” says Hothur Iron Ore managing partner Mohammad Iqbal Hothur. He owns a turboprop aircraft.

Anil Lad uses his Bell Helicopter for business trips to the South. Taneja Aerospace joint MD Prashant Gurha says: “Two more mine owners are now looking to buy turbo prop aircraft. These and other clients are also looking at Citation jets.” The aerospace division of Jubilant Enpro, which is the independent representative of Bell Helicopters in India, is also looking at selling two more helicopters in Bellary by this year-end.

Bellary derives its wealth from 42 active mines. The district produced 30-35 million tonnes of iron ore last year. Bellary is estimated to have produced more than Rs 3,000 crore worth of iron ore in 2005. No surprise then, that it is an attractive market for private aircraft and luxury cars. Jubilant Motors, the automobile division of Jubilant Corp and authorised dealer of Audi in the South, aims to sell 15-25 SUV Q7 priced at Rs 70 lakh in Bellary this year.

“Rising steel prices have only added to the growing wealth of the mine owners in Bellary. And with the increasing number of top-level entrepreneurs, the number of private jets in India will multiply at a much faster rate,” says Deccan Aviation MD Captain GR Gopinath. The total number of private aircraft in India is set to rise as the government has given approval for importing 30 aircraft for non-scheduled operations within one-and-a-half years.

Taneja Aerospace, which manufactures aircraft & aerostructures, aircraft maintenance, and represents Cessna for the sale of their Citation jets in India, sold two turbo prop aircraft in Bellary last year. “One can only fly turbo prop aircraft in Bellary as it has only a 1,000-m long air-strip,” adds Mr Gurha. In the last ten years, Taneja Aerospace has sold 15 turbo prop aircraft to clients like Sesa Goa, Kalyani Steel, TVS, Sanmar and several Citation jets to customers, including Essar and Suzlon. The six-seater turbo prop aircraft costs around Rs 3 crore, excluding taxes.

“Better airfields are needed in Bellary for flying corporate jets. With the current infrastructure facilities, one can only buy small private jets. However, going forward, we are optimistic about the growing demand for corporate jets in the district,” said Bombardier (India) chief country representative Srinivas Duvvuri. “We have also got orders for two Lear Jets and two Challengers from South-based companies,” he added. Till date, Bombardier has sold four corporate jets in India, which includes Global Express to Ambanis and two Learjet to the government of Orissa.


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...raft_Capital_of_India/articleshow/1260452.cms
 

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New twist to airport proposal

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Some farmers willing to sell land, say the opposition is ‘politically motivated’

Farmers seek


Rs. 12 lakh an acre and employment

They also want cases against them withdrawn


BELLARY: The Bellary airport controversy has taken a new turn with a section of farmers from Chaganur and Siriwar villages in Bellary taluk announcing that they are ready to part with land.

This is the first time that a large number of farmers from these villages have come out in open support of the project. Signalling their approval of the Government’s plan, they took out a procession from the Durgamma temple to the Deputy Commissioner’s office to submit a memorandum of acceptance.

The farmers have, however, imposed several conditions on the sale of land such as payment of Rs. 12 lakh an acre, arranging for diversion of the canal so as to not affect agricultural land downstream of the proposed area to be acquired, development of infrastructure, and provision of employment to land losers.

Earlier on a series of protests were held by farmers opposing the Government’s proposal.

The Government had published a gazette notification and entrusted the task of land acquisition to the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board.

Later, at a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, several farmers clarified that there were some misconceptions in the minds of some farmers over the compensation to be given, which was clarified by Health Minister B. Sriramulu who visited the villages along with Deputy Commissioner B. Shivappa and Superintendent of Police Seemant Kumar Singh recently.

They said the Minister and the officials explained to them the benefits they would get if they sold their land, as well as the development the area would witness after the airport came up. We are convinced by their explanations and are ready to part with out land for the airport.

In turn, the Government should fix its purchase price at Rs. 12 lakh an acre, apart from taking up other development projects including diversion of the canal.

Employment should be given to the families of the land losers and cases booked against them during the violence that erupted on February 15, 2009 on account of the opposition to the project should be withdrawn, they said.

A group of farmers told The Hindu that a majority of those from Chaganur, who owned around 800 acres out of the 950 acres of land identified for acquisition, was ready to part with their lands. They also alleged that the ongoing agitation against the land acquisition was “politically motivated” and that those opposing the airport plan were not farmers.

Mr. Shivappa, while promising them that their feelings would be conveyed to the Government, has said that care will be taken to ensure that the farmers and the people are benefited by the project.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/07/14/stories/2009071452290300.htm
 

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I was a resident of Bellary for 6 years, quite a lot of politics goes on there on projects, never transparent enough. Hope this airport happens soon enough without much hassels
 

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Airport in Bellary will be built, says Yeddyurappa

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He ridicules Deve Gowda’s threat to stage protest



Firm stand: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa addressing a press conference at Soragondanakoppa village at Honnali taluk in Davangere district on Monday.

DAVANGERE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has ridiculed the threat of the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda that he would stage a dharna in front of his house if the Government did not drop the proposal to build an airport on fertile land in Bellary district.

Talking to presspersons at Soragondanakoppa village at Honnali taluk on Monday, the Chief Minister asked Mr. Gowda whether the land identified for the Hassan airport was not fertile and told him not to politicise the development works being taken up by the Government.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government would not drop the idea of building the airport in Bellary on the land identified for it.
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To a question, he said the BJP Government was committed to progress and it would not tolerate anyone coming in the way of taking up development works.

Even at other places, including Bangalore, whenever agriculture lands were purchased or acquired for layouts farmers were given a couple of sites apart from adequate compensation, he said and added: “If you do not like a person, you can find mistakes in whatever he does.”

The Opposition which had become envious of the good work by the BJP Government was indulging in unfair criticism, he charged.

The Chief Minister blamed the Congress governments that ruled the State for the power crisis and said they did not make efforts to increase power generation.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he was going to Chhattisgarh in the first week of March to speed up the process of setting up power plants there. He claimed that the Government was trying to procure power from wherever possible to tide over the crisis in the State.

Referring to the statement by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde that he was disheartened with the Government, the Chief Minister said he would speak to Mr. Hegde.

Mr. Yeddyurappa also said he would soon call on Balgangadharanatha Swamiji of Adichunchungiri Math to get to know why he was upset with the Government.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would instruct his Ministers to be careful while making statements. He said he was not happy with the statement of Home Minister V.S. Acharya on appointment of a media ombudsman.

He was also upset over an incident at a function in Bangalore where Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda participated.

Ministers Shobha Karandlalje, G. Karunakara Reddy and S.A. Ravindranath, and Davangere MP Siddeshwar were with the Chief Minister.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/02/24/stories/2009022454440500.htm
 

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Fabulous update Akash - never knew that the Thornagal airport at Bellary was so swanky - guess it reflects the new money flowing into the area.

Thanks for the pics - i gues I will post them on the general airports and aviation thread too. I am so happy for Bellary to see these developments - waving the flag for my hitherto gentle and sleepy place. I can still remember climbing to the terrace of my Grandpa's bungalow terrace - the last one on the Hospet highway in Cantonment with a vantage view of the old airfield. In those days as a kid in the 80s I'd watch the Vayudoot Dornier 228s come in for the (not so regular) flights to Bellary from home whenever i visited there. Great fun then to watch that and the trains which would be seen approaching from miles away o nthe horizon...

Thanks for all this info - just saw this thread today :)
 

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Divergent views on Bellary airport plan

M. Ahiraj

Some question need for another airport

Minister feels project will boost economic growth


BELLARY: The State Government’s proposal to construct a new airport here by acquiring fertile land in nearby villages has not only led to a raging controversy but also raised several questions.

Farmers of Chaganur and Siriwar villages whose lands have been identified for acquisition are divided over whether to support the Government or not. One group opposes the project, while another is willing to part with land.

The group that is against the project, while clarifying that it is not opposed to an airport coming up in the district, categorically says that fertile land should not be acquired. Barren land would serve the purpose. They have launched a movement against the project and have been staging a series of agitations for the past seven months, urging the Government to drop the move.

People are questioning the need for a new airport in the district when two already exist. They are also sceptical about the air passenger traffic to and from Bellary. The loss of fertile land and the resultant decrease in food production (paddy, maize, jowar and sunflower are being raised on the landwith the help of irrigation facilities) are a cause for concern.

Even S.R. Nayak, Chairman of the State Human Rights Commission, said that the Government should drop the move as fertile land needed to be used for the right purposes. The proposal came up as Bellary, the district headquarters, lacks a well-equipped airport. The existing one was considered unfit for big aircraft. Expansion of the runway was also ruled out for various reasons. An airfield at Toranagal, 35 km from Bellary, is privately managed. At present all aircraft take off from and land there.

Minister for Infrastructure Development G. Janardhan Reddy who is keen on seeing this project through, says it is essential for the district owing to the “rapid development” witnessed so far. He feels the proposed airport will propel economic growth as well as boost tourism in the region.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/07/26/stories/2009072653320300.htm
 

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80 farmers reiterate opposition to new Bellary airport proposal

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They submit letters in this regard to the KIADB land acquisition officer

Decisive: A farmer submitting an affidavit stating her opposition to the airport plan, to the Land Acquisition Officer of KIADB in Bellary on Wednesday.

BELLARY: Around 80 farmers from Chaganur, Siriwar and Teggin Budihal villages in Bellary taluk have reiterated their opposition to the surrender of their farmlands for the new Bellary airport project.

They submitted letters of opposition to the Land Acquisition Officer of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board to that effect here on Wednesday.

These farmers were among 163 to be served notices by the officer, inviting objections to the project, if any. Their statements were recorded and their signatures obtained.

Speaking to The Hindu, Anjaneya of Chaganur village categorically said, “We are not ready to sacrifice our lands for the project”. Mallikarjun from Siriwar village said he and other farmers opposed the acquisition as their lands were fertile.

Despite a series of agitations staged by them since January this year, the State Government in general and District in-charge Minister G. Janardhan Reddy in particular, have been keen on pushing the project through.

Mallikarjun Reddy, an advocate who is spearheading the farmers’ movement against the project, told The Hindu that the Land Acquisition Officer had recorded the farmers’ statements, but had not ascertained the reasons for their reluctance to part with their lands. He said that upon not being given an opportunity to explain the reasons for the opposition, he had filed an application under Section 13 of the Land Acquisition Act (Central), seeking an official hearing. Earlier, there was a minor skirmish when a couple of farmers wanted to submit letters of willingness to the officer. Mr. Mallikarjun Reddy objected to their move stating that only those to whom notices had been served should be heard and not others.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/15/stories/2009101552400300.htm
 

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Farmers oppose ‘survey’

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Mumbai-based company found inspecting fields

Farmers take duo to police, explain opposition

BELLARY: Farmers from Chaganur village, who have strongly opposing the acquisition of fertile land for the airport at Bellary, took offence to two employees of the Mumbai-based Tata Strategic Management Group going round the area.

The farmers, on seeing Sharat Pachapurkar and Pankaj Ghai from the company inspecting fields near Chaganur, reportedly got suspicious that they had come to survey the land and began to question the duo’s motives.
Airport

When the two replied that they were here at the request of one of their clients to study the area and quality of the land of the airport’s proposed site, the farmers, led by Mallikarjun Reddy, strongly objected to it and did not let them leave.

The farmers also explained their opposition to the proposal.
‘Did not know’

Mr. Ghai told , “We did not know that the farmers had opposed the acquisition by the Government in court. Now, we will go back and tell our clients.”

The farmers later took the two to the police station, filed a complaint against them and obtained an acknowledgement.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/06/stories/2009110656870300.htm
 

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KSHRC directs govt to respond on Bellary airport

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First Published : 12 Dec 2009 05:18:17 AM IST
Last Updated : 12 Dec 2009 11:12:01 AM IST

BANGALORE: Taking objection to the state government's move to acquire fertile land for the proposed Greenfield airport at Bellary, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed the state government to file a response in this regard in two months after consulting all concerned departments.

Acting on a petition filed by Chaganur Mallikarjun Reddy who is spearheading the agitation against acquiring fertile land for the proposed airport, the KSHRC had asked the Chief Secretary to get back to the commission with the government's response after taking a decision in this regard at a higher level in consultation with concerned departments.

While doing so, the KSHRC had said that the issue involved in the acquisition of fertile lands was vital not just for the locals but the people in general. It involves preserving fertile agricultural land to grow required food for the present and future generation. Besides, Right to Food was an essential attribute of `the right to life' guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, the commission added.

Further, the KSHRC observed that the interests of tourism and convenience of a few cannot become a valid and weighty ground to deprive basic rights of the people at large.

It also said that the government was not well advised to hurry through the land acquisition proceedings before it seriously examined pros and cons of the acquisition keeping in mind all relevant considerations. Bangalore, December 11 TAKING objection to the state government's move to acquire fertile land for the proposed Greenfield airport at Bellary, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed the state government to file a response in this regard in two months after consulting all concerned departments.

Acting on a petition filed by Chaganur Mallikarjun Reddy who is spearheading the agitation against acquiring fertile land for the proposed airport, the KSHRC had asked the Chief Secretary to get back to the commission with the government's response after taking a decision in this regard at a higher level in consultation with concerned departments.

While doing so, the KSHRC had said that the issue involved in the acquisition of fertile lands was vital not just for the locals but the people in general. It involves preserving fertile agricultural land to grow required food for the present and future generation. Besides, Right to Food was an essential attribute of `the right to life' guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, the commission added.

Further, the KSHRC observed that the interests of tourism and convenience of a few cannot become a valid and weighty ground to deprive basic rights of the people at large.

It also said that the government was not well advised to hurry through the land acquisition proceedings before it seriously examined pros and cons of the acquisition keeping in mind all relevant considerations.
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/...ectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=KSHRC
 

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Bellary airport serves only Reddy brothers: Congress
TNN, 10 January 2010, 11:40pm IST

HUBLI: KPCC president R V Deshpande on Sunday accused the BJP government of indulging in real estate business in the name of development.

He said the second airport in Bellary is coming up only to meet the needs of the Reddy brothers.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ddy-brothers-Congress/articleshow/5431336.cms

Krishnamoorthy,according to the ministers statement the green field airport is under construction>??????Has the land acquisition been completed???

I am thrilled this city will have three Airports the only city in the state apart from Bangalore to have multiple airports.
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