Saturday, September 16, 2017

Belgaum Airport as on today

Come October Skies of Belgaum to get more busy with more air schedules, thanks to newly expanded Airport and new terminal building which will handle  more aircraft (3 parking bays with class C-Type aircraft normally classified as single aisle jets)  and passengers (300 per flight schedule) .

Thanks to Spicejet which connects Belgaum to Bombay and Bangalore daily with two flights, and will go up to four flights, two daily flights to Bangalore, one each to Chennai and Bombay from 3 Oct 2017

In near future Indigo plans to Mumbai Belgaum Tirpuati, and Ghodawat group which has plans to start a new Airline Starair have got DGCA clearance to operate two Embreaer jets ERJ-145 (ERJ- Embreaer Reginoal Jet) , will be based in Belgaum itself, also plan for Delhi-Mumbai-Tirupati-Chennai schedules, since tire II city Belguam will give an cost advantage of night parking and MRO felicities in future.

Embreaer jets ERJ-145

The PAX load of Belgaum has tremendously increased in recent days, more airlines more competition leading to attractive pricing and more choice and mores felicities .

The global Aerospace company Aequs is also rapidly expanding with its defense manufacturing with lot of DRDO and its associated members flying in and out of Belgaum , Servo controls Aerospace also started its newly expanded facility of 12 acres, and the comment stands true by these entrepreneurs based out of Belgaum, " You fly any aircraft today , it has got the part made in Belgaum"  , A lot of boost with location advantage of Belgaum being equidistant to Bangalore Bombay and Hyderabad  with transit of any parts overnight by road and in an hours time by flight, will lead more traffic and passengers in near future.

Naval plan of Base repair Depot is till on cards the north western part of Airport has a huge tract of land will have the felicities for Boeing P-8 poseidon resonance Aircraft.

Boeing P-8 poseidon

Belgaum also is known for agriculture produce and is also rank high for horticulture export can utilize the old apron and tarmac for smaller cargo aircraft, this will uphold the interest of farmers and agriculturist, not forgetting their contribution in handing over land for expansion

Belguam Aiport being oldest in many way touched many lives of people here , defense ,agriculture academics and off-course not to miss politics too, besides had one of the few private aviation academies for pilot training with Cesna aircraft (Carvair) which moved to Baramati later.

We will get to see a lot more happening in skies of Belgaum soon

Monday, August 21, 2017

Quest Timeline



 2020 Plan

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Belgaum New Airport set to Open in July

Belgaum Airport expansion is almost ear completion, and will be inaugurated for traffic and public in July possibly A321 from Indigo will fly from Mumbai Belgaum Tirupati in addition to current Q400 flight from Spice jet serving Bombay and Bangalore sector 

New ATC and Airport Terminal 
Expanded Runway 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Belgaum Airport New Apron and Runway extension

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Belgum Next Agro produce Destination

Belgaum is soon going to have major fod park comming up within City limits, Some of the palyers on launch mode are 60 Acres investment 110 crore, 9 acres and FKL (Govt of Karnataka)44.5 crore on 100 acre land

State invites financial bids for setting up five food parks

Subrahmanyan Viswanath.Deccna Herald

Buttressing the truism Self Help is the Best Help, the State government has taken to development of food parks on its own as well.

With Global Investors Meet round the corner, the move could not have been initiated at a more appropriate moment. While those undertaken under Union Ministry of Food Industries’ initiative have no choice but to languish awaiting Centre’s benevolence, the State government is focusing on five new districts to carry forward its intent in right earnest.

In pursuance of this, the government, through Food Karnataka Limited (FKL), has called for request for proposal and submission of financial bids for setting up food parks in Belgaum, Bijapur, Davangere, Shimoga and Tumkur from prospective private players.

Common infrastructure

Official sources told Deccan Herald that these will form anchors in their respective districts to attract food processing industries to set up shop there. FKL, they said, will be engaged in facilitating acquisition of land. To be undertaken under public-private-partnership (PPP) model, these are to be implemented in two years time with all infrastructure and common facilities in place, they added.

The successful bidder is expected to put up necessary infrastructure and common facilities and market plots to industries engaged in food processing sector, sources said. The developer, they added, will also be responsible for maintenance and management of the park by forming a special purpose vehicle involving all stakeholders.

Furthermore, sources said, the developer/s, will be free to adopt his/their own strategy for pricing of plots, rentals and maintenance charges. The plots, they observed, could either be sold or leased to food processing players.

The Belgaum food park will come up on a 100 acre land, at an estimated cost of Rs 44.70 crore. It will engage in attracting processing activities of various types of fruits, vegetables for products like squashes & syrups, fruit bar, jams and jellies, banana powder, potato flakes & powder, ready-toi-eat curried vegetables, ketch-up and pickles among other items. The Bijapur food park will come up on a 80 acre plot, at an estimated cost of Rs 23.84 crore. It will promote wine production, processing of fruits such as pomegranate, mango, citrus, papaya et al.

The Davengere food park, to be located at Telgi Village, Harappanahalli Taluk, will come up on a 100 acre plot and is aimed rice and maize crops besides banana fruit.

Likewise, the Shimoga facility would come up at Sagane Village Nidhige Hobli, on a 100 acre plot. The cost of the two parks would be around Rs 60 crore and Rs 30 crore respectively. The Shimoga Park would be catering to those interested in processing fruits, vegetables and spices like ginger.

The Tumkur Food Park to be developed at a cost of Rs 60 crore on a 100 acre plot will come up Vasanth Narasarapura, located near National Highway 4 and near the Chennai-Bangalore-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. It will cater to groundnut, coconut, ginger, gherkin etc.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The New Look of Belgaum by Varun Verma

We are Belgauites Mee Marathi, Naanu Kannadiga, Amche Belgaon , different langauge voices but hearts tune to city we belong and hence read the story coverage by Telegraph Calcutta/ Mrs Varun Verma

Politicians are working up a lather over whether or not Karnataka’s Belgaum should be merged with Maharashtra owing to its substantial Marathi population. But Varuna Verma finds the city indifferent to the controversy

The police lathicharge that happened in Belgaum two weeks ago took Uday Kinjawadekar by complete surprise. There was nothing new about the cops’ use of force. It was just that Uday Kinjawadekar, whose cloth shop is located one street away from Rani Chennamma Circle — where Belgaum’s political action happens — didn’t get a whiff of trouble. “Life went on as usual. I learnt about the lathicharge from television reports,” says Kinjawadekar, who also writes a news blog on Belgaum.

It’s ho-hum time in this North Karnataka town, where language and border have been cropping up as hot-button issues every now and then for the last four decades or so. Once again, Maharashtra politicians have been claiming rights to the region because of its majority Marathi-speaking population. Out of Belgaum’s present population of 9.57 lakh, 3.6 lakh are Marathi-speaking and three lakh are Kannada speaking. But Kinjawadekar feels that the border row is now only a political game. “A few people collect at Rani Chennamma Circle and make some noise. The rest of Belgaum goes about its business,” he says.

The border issue has clearly become a non-issue for the city’s residents. “The border problem blows up once in every five years. It’s like being visited by the flu,” says Nitin Khot, a former economist at the London School of Economics, who is now settled in the city.

In 2008, before the Karnataka assembly polls, the Delhi-based Centre for the Study of Developing Societies conducted a study on what the people of Belgaum felt about the border row. Only 41 per cent respondents had any knowledge about demands for merging Karnataka’s Marathi-speaking areas with Maharashtra — an indication that the linguistic divide had taken a backseat in the area.

“Three generations of Belgaum residents have wasted their time fighting a language-led war. Now, no one is interested in it,” says Rajiv Toppanov, president of a local political outfit, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV).

The talking point in Belgaum, instead, is its economic and infrastructure growth. The city is an old industrial hub — it has over 200 foundries, hydraulic and crankshaft units. It is within striking distance of three major export outlets — Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa. And, with three universities, seven engineering colleges, two medical colleges and 110 industrial training institutions, it’s an education destination. “Belgaum has industrial, educational and strategic advantages which it is now cashing in on,” believes Toppanov.Belgaum looks like a town in transition. A drive through the city is like sitting through a three-dimensional history lesson. The cantonment in Belgaum — which is home to several defence divisions — is dotted with sprawling, old British bungalows, with red tiled roofs, long drive-ways and gardens. Cross the Camp, as it is locally known, and the time zone suddenly changes. You enter a bustling Indian metropolis — with highrise residential apartments, a glass-facade luxury business hotel, a multi-specialty hospital, a mall and a multiplex.

Ingrid Yadav lives at Lakshmi Tek, a new residential colony being built adjoining the cantonment. Multistorey residential apartments are being frantically constructed on both sides of her cozy, yellow bungalow. Across the road, construction of a school is near completion.

Lakshmi Tek may be the new, happening address in town, but for Yadav it is still synonymous with open fields where she plucked wild flowers as a child. “In the last six years, the fields have vanished and houses have sprung up,” says Yadav, 54, who lives a retired life in her hometown.

There have been other developments as well. The Kapil theatre — where Yadav watched Rock Hudson films as a young girl — is now Nucleus Mall. Big Cinemas is starting a multiplex in it. A local construction company, Belavista, is building Belgaum’s first gated residential complex of row houses.

The information technology industry is also finding a foothold in Belgaum. When R.K. Patil sold his Bangalore-based IT start-up, Smart Yantra, in 2002, he wanted to try something new — not on the technology front but location-wise. “I wanted to work out of a Tier II town,” says Patil, who founded Vayavya Labs —which works in cutting-edge embedded systems technology — in Belgaum in 2004. The company won the Tata NEN Award for one of the hottest new start-ups two years ago. In the last five years, 15 IT companies have set up shop in the city.

Patil believes that Belgaum offers the ecosystem required for a global industry like IT to take off. “The city has a cosmopolitan culture, thanks to a large army presence and a high number of educational institutions. Also, there is a huge professional talent pool,” he explains.

Last year, Patil started an initiative — called ITBelgaum — to help the IT industry take root in the city. “We conduct seminars at local engineering colleges to inform students that IT exists in Belgaum and they don’t have to rush to Bangalore to find jobs,” says Patil. The forum is also asking the local manufacturing industry to use Belgaum-based software firms to cater to their IT needs.

In another part of the city, at the Servo Controls Aerospace office in Udyambag — Belgaum’s industrial area — prototypes of an aircraft wheel, actuators and valves line the conference room table. The company — which started out of a garage in Belgaum in 2002 — made the wheel for HAL’s Saras aircraft, sensors for the Chandrayaan moon mission and supplies valves for Airbus’s A-380 aircraft.

Servo Controls, which has a staff of 180 people, works like any global multinational, claims director Dinesh Dhadoti. “We have flexi-times and a hierarchy-free work environment,” he says.

Aerospace, clearly, looks set to take flight in the city. Aerospace engineering firm Quest Global Inc has built a 262-acre aerospace special economic zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Belgaum. “The SEZ is expected to create 7,000 jobs,” says Basavaraj Sugandhi, manager, administration, Quest. The company already runs two units — with 200 employees — out of the SEZ.

As Belgaum grows, planned infrastructure development is becoming a focus area. Last month, KRV’s Toppanov set up a forum — called Belgaum Next — where any local can become a member and give suggestions on building a better Belgaum. “We are holding a conference next month, where we will discuss issues such as water, power, transport, sanitation and building smart communities,” says Toppanov, adding that the forum has 1,000 members.

Belgaum’s old communities are clearly making space for a new way of life. The 100-year-old MK Swamy Bakery — the oldest in town — is testimony to this. The old-world bakery building — with its red-tiled roof and heavy wooden doors — looks straight out of a book on British history.

But the bakery is a modern-day confectionary connoisseur’s delight — stocking everything from tetra pack milk, brown bread to mozzarella cheese. “In the last 10 years, we have gone from selling 19 items to 216 items,” says Satyan Swamy, the third-generation owner of the bakery.

Like his bread, Belgaum is rising. But not in the way some politicians want it to. The rise is up the ladder of success.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Discriminatory policy of State Government

Aerospace park planned near Bangalore airport
Thursday, 12 Nov, 2009
Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) has acquired land for the proposed 1,000-acre aerospace park to be developed near the international airport at Devanahalli in Bangalore. The park will include an aviation MRO-related activities (maintenance, repair, overhaul) and 250 acre of an export-oriented aerospace SEZ. The SEZ is to be developed by KIADB and is expected to become operational from June 2010.

The above piece of news was in highlights along the launch of India’s first Aerospace SEZ QUEST at Belgaum. There is a loud noise on decongestion of Bangalore, A government committee for regional imbalance, spreading evenly industries across the state. Then Why today such extra announcements? Why can’t an Government Aerospace Park shapes up near Belgaum ? Belagum can have Public sector players such as HAL and NAL. This is utter case of discrimination against Belgaum development rising to competition with in the state; I bet they will sell land at very cheaper rate to attract foreign establishment and the land would remain for long periods vacant, but QUEST is much organized so will thrive up and flourish better.
Belgaum best suits for MRO facilities, the government has already paid the farmers in Sambra and Balekundri for additional 370 acres of land acquired around airport the present Airport is on 450 acres of land, Why not develop MRO at Belgaum The MRO (Maintain Repair Overhaul) just need some additional ware housing some new siding bays and hangers along with additional taxi way. Belgaum Airport is situated out of city the place is already a semi sub urban part with cosmopolitan crowd of Defense establishment and being having good scope of Academic thrust of some new collages coming up in the area.
Present Belgaum Airport

It had happened in past with Belgaum a thriving hub of auto component sector and back bone for Pune auto ancillaries, till date haven’t got an automobile plant or industry though one got sanction was driven away by Greedy MP’s and MLA’s of Dharwad/Hubli what are we waiting for more projects to get eyewash and missed out or driven away.
This is how MRO would be based here

This is how it would look like
Now you all think over How should be the government Policies should be discriminatory like this or prove voice of equality towards the entire state, where are the people/Politicians /Think tanks who calls for fight on injustice to north Karnataka and are mum today, besides have forgotten the support garnered for SWR railway head quarter at Hubli. Is not Belgaum In North Karnataka didn’t we fight then for this cause, though pity we still have not got Dharwad Belgaum rail line and trains to capital city of Bangalore, and Bangalore Mysore line is taken up for doubling.
My anguish is over this attitude of government towards Belgaumites as second class citizen and time has come to ask them to stop this Let me see after reading this, How many voices will be rising , and more importantly Who will hear it, will it go through MPs MLA and Official dignitaries of Belgaum .
Make a difference for living in this society (though bounded by Linguistic territorial boundaries) We do are much dignified, cannot be ignored!!!!