The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is going to become a multi-use space. Officials envision an airport that hosts conferences, open-air events, and concerts. The government sanctioned a huge sum of Rs. 100 Crore for the project.
KIA, situated in Hebbal, is often considered to be too far away from the main city. Cyberspace in the city is full of jokes about the journey "between Bangalore Airport and City." Officials hope that the move to expand the airport will make it more than a cumbersome transit point.
The newly expanded airport will reportedly have divided into three zones. Two will have massive domes, with the third used for open-air events.
Bangalore primarily used the HAL Airport near Indiranagar until 2008. The government built KIA because HAL Airport was becoming too small to deal with the city's air traffic. Today only Defense, VIP, and Business flights use the HAL Airport.
KIA's expansion has sparked some concerns. Many feel it will result in the unnecessary axing of trees. The city's green cover, already declining, will further disappear. The majority of people in the know seem excited by the project.