The Government of India has granted 'in principle' approval for setting up of 15 greenfield airports across the country out of which, physical work at 6 airports namely, Gulbarga, Hassan, Shimoga in Karnataka, Durgapur in West Bengal, Pakyong in Sikkim and Shirdi in Maharashtra, has already commenced, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, KC Venugopal told the Lok Sabha last week. Construction at various airports in the country including Aranmula airport project has not stopped, he added.
In Karnataka's Malnad region, roads of Shimoga district that connect the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada are in a pathetic condition. While Tirthahalli, Hosanagar and Sagar taluks fall in the Malnad region, Bhadravati, Shimoga, Shikaripur and Sorab taluks are in the semi-Malnad region.
Under the Smart City mission, Shimoga has about 74 projects worth Rs 11.84 billion, which are under various stages of project preparation or execution or tendering, says Charulata Somal, Managing Director, Shivamogga Smart City Corporation, and Commissioner, Shimoga City Corporation.