Decongesting Bengaluru and easing commute to the airport is a priority for the government. “We are in talks with BIAL over reopening HAL airport in East Bengaluru towards this end,” said K.J. George, Minister for Industries, IT, BT and Science and Technology. “The agreement the State government has signed with BIAL during its inception has a clause of closing down HAL airport. But now that KIA is performing extremely well, BIAL can consider relaxing this clause. We will take up the issue with them,” he said. Mr. George further hoped that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, representing the State in Rajya Sabha, would not take Aero India out of Bengaluru.
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