New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone and inaugurated multiple development projects worth more than Rs 2,700 crore in Belagavi, Karnataka on Monday. He inaugurated Shivamogga Airport and dedicated the redeveloped Belagavi Railway Station building to the nation. He also laid the foundation stone of six multi-village scheme projects under Jal Jeevan Mission.
RITES Limited, the leading transport infrastructure consultancy and engineering PSU under the Ministry of Railways, is the consultancy partner for the Shivamogga airport in Karnataka.
In 2020, RITES signed on and prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for this greenfield project under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) Scheme. Subsequently, RITES provided expertise for design of the airport, including its airside facilities (runway, taxiway, apron etc.), its cityside facilities (passenger terminal building, ATC, fire station & associated buildings) and other allied services. RITES provided technical assistance during the construction of the airport, apart from support for aerodrome licencing for the commencement of commercial operations from the airport. The airport will boost connectivity, commerce, and tourism in the region. Shivamogga is a gateway to several tourist and heritage sites of South India.
Highlighting RITES’ role in the project, Rahul Mithal said, “RITES continues to play its role in helping build best-in-class infrastructure. From the conceptualization of the Shivamogga airport to its construction phase, RITES is proud to have offered its expertise for bringing this project to life. Besides boosting connectivity, the airport will serve as a catalyst for the local economy, aiding both tourism and trade.”
As a consultant, RITES has been associated with various domestic airports such as Srinagar, Amritsar, Shimla, Chandigarh, Gwalior, Chakeri, Kushinagar, Ahmedabad, Chitrakoot, Amaravati (Belora), Agartala, Vijayapura, Hyderabad etc. RITES has also helped develop airports in Mauritius, Botswana, Bhutan, Nepal, Seychelles, and Rwanda.
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