Kurnool airport all set to take off

Published on : Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Kurnool airport is now all set to take off. Hence, there is great scope for promotion of temple tourism besides providing momentum to real estate development.


The location of Orvakal, about 25 kilometers from Kurnool, where the airport would start its operations, is almost midway between Nandyal and Kurnool.


Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, who had tracked the completion of the airport in its last lap, gave the finishing touches as the air project was moving back and forth in the last two decades.


Parliament Standing Committee chairman on transport, tourism and culture, T.G. Venkatesh, said that temple tourism can thrive once Kurnool airport starts operating. He said that Sriailam, Ahobilam, Mahanandi, Yaganti and Mantralayam are renowned places of worship in the district.

With improvement of air connectivity, the district is on the cusp of development.


The airport project took shape during Congress rule when former Union minister Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy made efforts to locate it at Kodumur.

But the land was not favorable for developing an airport. It was during the time when Venkatesh was a minister in the AP cabinet that the location was shifted to Orwakal.


“There was stiff resistance to Orvakal as high tension lines of Transco passed through the proposed site. We shifted the site way away from the HT lines and overcame possible hurdles”, said Mr. Venkatesh.


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