GADAG: Work on the much awaited airstrip in Gadag will finally commence in a few days as land required for the purpose has been identified.
Deputy commissioner Subodh Yadav said around 250 acres of land, suitable for an airstrip, has been identified in Nagasamundra village. The village is about nine km from the district headquarters off Gadag-Ron state highway. He said initially four places were identified before sending a proposal to the Airport Authority of India (AAI). AAI technical advisor and Karnataka Housing Board engineer conducted a survey of these lands and finalised the plot at Nagasamundra. Yadav said the process of collecting the data of land owners was also underway. He said the government had given a grant of Rs 2 crore for land acquisition. The KHB will acquire the land after consulting with farmers. Tourism in the district is expected to get a boost on completion of the airstrip.