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With only three functional airports, North Karnataka continues to be away from aviation services.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Thursday, said that 60 per cent of the government funds are directed towards North Karnataka. However, the region continues to be deprived of civil aviation services with only three out of 12 airports operating out of the region.

The construction of the Terminal Building is ongoing as part of Phase 2 works of the Gulbarga Airport.

Bidar is the second airport in the region that continues to remain out of operation. Apart from the military airbase, the airport in Bidar was to be opened for civilian air carriers under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry.

V.B. Madhava, a resident of Bangalore said, “It is very funny.The government has signed agreements with airport operators so that no airport comes up within a radius of 150 kilometers of a big airport which in this case is Hyderabad. This is what happened with the HAL airport in Bangalore, too. Dubai has five airports within a radius of 70 kilometers and look how people are getting benefited.”

The Bidar airport is at a distance of 120 kilometers from Hyderabad and has faced objection from the promoter of the Hyderabad airport, GMR group.

A virtual forum for natives of Bidar called Namma Bidar said, “We don’t really know much about the airport. All we know that it was supposed to take off. We also know that our MP’s and MLA are not really bothered about the progress of the airport.”

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