State government pitches for flights between Bengaluru, Tirupati

The state government has decided to write to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to approve operation of flights from Bengaluru to Tirupati.

Published: 16th September 2017 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2017 07:53 AM   |  A+A-

Kempegowda International airport

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The state government has decided to write to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to approve operation of flights from Bengaluru to Tirupati. This was conveyed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to officials who had met on Friday to discuss plans for renovation and new constructions on the state government’s land in Tirumala and Tirupati.

At the meeting attended by Additional Chief Secretaries M Lakshminarayana and K Ratnaprabha and Commissioner of Muzrai Department S P Shadakshara Swamy, the CM directed officials to come up with a proposal for construction of guesthouses in Tirumala.Tirupati has a small airport at Renigunta and presently a few airlines are operating flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. Additional Chief Secretary Rathna Prabha said that since the travel time from Bengaluru is about six hours by road, flight services can be considered in the interest of people.

“This is a request from the state on behalf of our people who visit Tirupati. As it is necessary for Civil Aviation Ministry to approve flights on the route, we have taken the first step of writing to them for approval.  It can be taken forward in two ways; either the ministry can tell operators to operate flights on this route or operators themselves can come forward to operate flights once the approval is given. It is for them to take a call. We are merely expressing our requirement for the route to be approved,” Additional Chief Secretary Lakshminarayan said.

The state government will now be preparing a proposal to construct a guesthouses at Tirumala on the land it owns. “Karnataka owns seven acres of land in Tirumala and since 2005, we wanted to construct guesthouses on 61,390 sqft of land. But since the land was involved in a protracted litigation, we could not do anything. We received information only on Thursday that Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) have asked us to go ahead with the construction,” Ratnaprabha said.At present, there are 86 rooms at the Tirumala guesthouse which will also be renovated along with the construction of the new guesthouse. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.