BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
TORANAGALLU, 30 OCTOBER 2022
JSW Group’s Jindal Vijayanagar Airport in Toranagallu, on Sunday opened its doors to Alliance Air’s new flight operations to Hyderabad and Bengaluru, under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The Hyderabad flight was flagged-off by Chief Guest, Mr. E Tukaram, MLA, Sandur, Guest of Honour, Mr.Pavan Kumar Malapati, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ballari, Smt Usha Padhee, IAS, Ex-Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Mr. PK Murugan, President, JSW Steel Vijayanagar & Salem Works, in the presence of officials and guests from the Ballari Administration, Alliance Air and JSW Group. The formal launch of the flight operations was preceded by a ceremonial lamp-lighting ceremony joined by all the dignitaries.
The Prime Minister’s dream UDAN (UdeDeshKaAamNaagrik) scheme has proved to be a convenient travelling option for the people of India. After having realised the noble intentions behind this ambitious UDAN scheme, JSW Group’s Jindal Vijayanagar Airport was the first private airport in the country to accommodate flight operations during the launch of the UDAN initiative of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and has handled over one lac passengers in last three years.
Alliance Air is the only airline connecting Vidyanagar (districts of Ballari and Vijayanagar) to Hyderabad and Bengaluru through the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and is a keen participant in the Government of India’s flagship UDAN initiative. Its new flights will not only be an impetus to the region, but also to the nation at large, in providing affordable and accessible air connectivity to all.
Ballari District and surrounding areas are important business and tourist destinations due to the presence of JSW Steel Ltd. and several other Steel & mining players based in the region. It also harbours Hampi, the seat of the erstwhile Vijayanagar Empire, which today is a marvelled UNESCO World Heritage Site besides Daroji Bear Sanctuary and Interpretation Centre, Sandur Iron-Ore Mines and Ballari Fort to name a few. This new destination connecting Hyderabad to Hampi, Sandur, Ballari and other adjoining areas, will enormously facilitate international tourists and entrepreneurs.
Mr. E Tukaram, MLA, Sandur and Mr.Pavan Kumar Malapati, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ballari lauded JSW for hosting its private airport as a partner in the UDAN scheme. They said that the much-needed connectivity will not only add convenience to travel to Hyderabad and Bengaluru but will also significantly reduce travel time.
Mr. PK Murugan, President, JSW Steel Vijayanagar & Salem Works said: “JSW is committed towards the fulfilment of the government’s noble & welfare schemes. JSW shall not shy away from extending its regular support to the government for any airport-related operations. Hyderabad and Bengaluru cities being important destinations for people in the region, these flights will ease the lives of the people of Kalyan-Karnataka & Kittur-Karnataka Region and will further improve the connectivity to the state capital.” He has also thanked the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Government of Karnataka for extending their earnest support and guidance.
Jindal Vijayanagar Airport today is a state-of-the-art airport. To further strengthen the existing facility, JSW group has invested Rs. 48 crores in the last three years for airport expansion and the upgrading of its runway. In addition, Rs. 12 crores are also being invested to improve the passenger terminal facilities and safety initiatives, slated to complete in the next 6- 8 months.
About JSW Group: The US$ 22 billion JSW Group is ranked among India’s leading business houses. JSW’s innovative and sustainable presence in various sectors including Steel, Energy, Infrastructure, Cement, Paints, Venture Capital and Sports is helping the Group play an important role in driving India’s economic growth. The Group strives for excellence by leveraging its strengths & capabilities including a successful track record of executing large capital-intensive & technically complex projects, differentiated product-mix, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a greater focus on pursuing sustainable growth. With a culturally diverse workforce spread across India, USA, Europe and Africa, JSW Group directly employs nearly 40,000 people. It also has a strong social development focus aimed at empowering local communities residing around its Plant & Port locations. JSW Group is known to create value for all its stakeholders by combining its growth roadmap, superior execution capabilities and a relentless drive to be #BetterEveryday.