The proposal to establish Hosur airport is finally gaining momentum, with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) floating tender inviting consultants to conduct a feasibility study for establishing Hosur airport.
Tender is available for download on www.tntenders.gov.in and www.tidco.com. The consultants have to make a payment of Rs 15,000 and download the proposal document from websites. The proposal document will be available for download until January 28, 2022. The consultants can submit the bid until January 31, 2022.
TIDCO has scheduled to conduct the pre-bidding meeting on January 11, 2022.
The chosen consultant will have to conduct demand assessment, traffic forecasting and identify potential locations for Hosur airport.
For assessing the traffic demand, the consultant must analyse the passenger and cargo trends of the nearby airports during the last ten years. They also will have to estimate the traffic for the next 30 years considering the growth rate, economic growth, growth in per capita income of the nearby places.
Based on the study, TIDCO will decide the airport capacity and infrastructure. The land acquisition will be decided only at a later stage.
Considering that Hosur is an industrial area and has delegates from abroad frequently visiting the place, Hosur airport shows potential at a glance.
Restriction to establish Hosur airport
Hosur is close to Bengaluru but is a part of Tamil Nadu. A concession agreement between Bengaluru International Airport Limited and the Government of India restricts the opening of new airports within an aerial distance of 150 km from Bengaluru. This delays the establishment of Hosur airport. An already announced airport under the central government’s UDAN scheme at Hosur was cancelled following the restriction. Hosur has a private aerodrome that undertakes the maintenance and repair of private aircraft, but this will be the first passenger airport if sanctioned.
Tamil Nadu is currently speaking to Bengaluru International Airport Limited authorities, requesting an exemption in the restriction clause for establishing Hosur airport. Tamil Nadu has international airports at Trichy, Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore. There are also two domestic airports at Tuticorin and Salem.