IT- problems and developments section-
collected by Raghottama Koppar
The famous IT hub and popularly called silicon city i.e., Bangalore’s starts from next year. But IT people will have some disadvantages because it is far from their companies. So the local IT fraternity is in favour of retaining the existing HAL Airport for Short haul flights even after the Bangalore International Airport near Devanhalli becomes operational next year.
A delegation of IT honchos, including Nasscom President Kiran Karnik, Infosys COO S Gopalakrishnan, Wipro Vice-president Laxman Badiga, Tesco CEO Meena Ganesh, AMD Managing Director Alok Ohrie and Cognizant President R Chandrashekaran met Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumarswamy on Wednesday to discuss the infrastructure problems in city.
According to sources in the chief minister''s secretariat, the IT fraternity is keen on retaining the HAL Airport for short-haul domestic flights. However, the agreement signed between the state government and the Bangalore International Airport Ltd clearly states that the HAL Airport will be closed to commercial flight operations once the International Airport near Devanahalli opens.
The IT industry feels that the HAL Airport could be used to reach other smaller destinations like Mangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Coimbatore, Chennai and Kochi.