State government got a real tight slap on its back on connectivity issues. Consequently, as Srivathsa pointed out, IT companies now want HAL airport to be kept open. Captain Gopinath has sung the same tune before (Sep’06 news).
Despite all our hopes, that cool train thing isn’t going to happen anytime soon. And the expressway will get done only by 2009. (Dec 2008 their date, add 6 months). So after the airport opens next year, once a few CEOs and opposition party leaders spend 2 hours getting to it, expect a lot of action. They may decide to keep HAL airport open, after which BIAL will come up with a contractual obligation state government has to shut old airport down (no airports within 150 Km) once new one opens. Courts, cases and more, and we shall all have fun!
Can you see a mess (predicted an year ago) coming?. There probably are three ways out of this:
- Delay opening of BIAL. I wont be surprised if recent design concerns raised by central government are aimed for that. BIAL could ask for some more time to redesign its structures. Say 6 months. And that gives a window for the expressway to be ready in time.
- Central government chips in with an ordinance type thing to keep HAL running till connectivity gets sorted out.
- Another good one will be central or state government announcing a new airport somewhere south of Bangalore (Ramanagaram, Bidadi area anyone?). Dreams like those could keep connectivity whiners quiet for sometime :)
But really, the whole thing so far sounds like gross negligence on state and BMRDA’s part? Why were they sleeping on train connectivity after such nice promises – remember Mr Albert Brunner’s talk about checking in at a city station and all? All that stuff must happen, and will one day, just that things are delayed right now.