The Government of Karnataka has planned to setup Water Aerodrome facility at Hidkal reservoir
along with eight other locations in the state to establish connectivity and promote tourism at these places.
Addressing the state-level consultative workshop to formulate a Comprehensive Civil Aviation Policy for Karnataka, Infrastructure Development Minister V. Somanna said
“Potential locations for the development of water aerodromes have been identified at Kali river, Byndur, Malpe, Mangaluru, Tungabhadra, KRS, Linganamakki, Alamatti, and Hidkal reservoirs.”
The government believes it will only need to spend a smaller cost to develop the infrastructure.
Raja Lakhamagouda dam, also known as Hidkal dam, is a dam constructed across the Ghataprabha River in the Krishna River basin. It is situated at Hidkal village in Hukkeri Taluk of Belagavi district.
The government was also checking the feasibility and working on a detailed project report for setting up heliports at Madikeri, Chikmagalur, and Hampi, he added.
The airlines flying to airports at Mysuru, Hubballi, Vidyanagar (Toranagallu), Belagavi, Kalaburgi and Bidar were getting a 20% of viability gap funding by the state government under the Centre’s UDAN scheme which promotes regional connectivity, the Minister said.