CHURUMURI POLL: Bangalore airport, a disaster?

The joint house committee of the Karnataka legislature has slammed the holy cows of Bangalore and the multinational corporations that built the Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) at Devanahalli for “faulty” design and construction, and “poor quality of workmanship”.

The panel has said the new airport looked like an “industrial shed” and not an airport of international standards; that did not reflect the “culture and glory” of Karnataka; that the public-private partnership (PPP) is not a boon but a bane; and it has accused BIAL of coming up with patchy, non-scientific and thoughtless solutions.

The panel has indicted Infosys chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy and Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrashekhar, and top bureaucrats V.P. Baligar and K. Jairaj. It has recommended appropriate action against officers responsible for the current state of affairs, and wants Larsen & Toubro, Unique Zurich Airport to be blacklisted for a minimum of five years.

Questions: Do you agree with the panel’s conclusions and recommendations? Has Bangalore missed a trick and been shortchanged? Or are politicians up to their usual tricks? What has your “user-experience” been? How does it compare with airports within India and elsewhere? Can the situation be rectified?

Has BIAL’s move to name the airport “Bengaluru International Airport Limited” flopped with the panel recommending that it be named after Kempe Gowda?

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