Shivamogga Airport in Karnataka will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. In addition to this, the prime minister will dedicate a number of additional construction initiatives in the state that is headed for a runoff election.

Days before making his trip to Shivamogga, Prime Minister Modi stated that the infrastructure would improve tourism, connectivity, and business in the area.

An estimated 450 crore rupees were spent on the construction of the new airport. The Shivamogga airport‘s passenger terminal building has a capacity of 300 passengers per hour.

Moreover, Modi will officially break ground on two railway projects in Shivamogga: the Koteganguru Railway coaching depot and the Shikaripura-Ranebennur New Railway line.

At a cost of Rs 990 crore, the new Shivamogga-Shikaripura-Ranebennur railway line would be built, improving connection between the Malnad region and the Bengaluru-Mumbai mainline.

To help launch new trains from Shivamogga and relieve pressure on the maintenance facilities in Bengaluru and Mysuru, the Koteganguru Railway coaching depot at Shivamogga city would be built at a cost of more than Rs 100 crore.

The Prime Minister will lay the groundwork for a number of road development projects worth over Rs 215 crore, including the construction of a new bridge at Bharathipura in Teerthahalli Taluk on NH 169 and a new bypass route for Shikaripura Town on NH 766C connecting Byndur Ranebennur.

Also, he will officially launch and lay the cornerstone for multiple village projects funded by the Jal Jeevan Mission, totalling more than Rs 950 crore.

This involves laying the groundwork for three other multi-village plans that will be built at a total cost of more than Rs 860 crore and inaugurating one multi-village scheme for Gowthamapura and 127 other villages.

The four initiatives, which aim to provide functional household piped water connections, are expected to benefit more than 4.4 lakh people.

In addition, the Prime Minister will unveil 44 smart city initiatives worth more than Rs 895 crore in Shivamogga.

The PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme (PM-KISAN) programme will see the delivery of Rs 2,000 to farmers by the Prime Minister at Belagavi. Under the programme, a total of more than Rs 16,800 crore will be immediately transferred into the accounts of more than eight crore farmers.

Modi will dedicate the renovated Belagavi Railway Station building to the country. The building underwent renovation at an estimated cost of roughly Rs 190 crore to give passengers access to top-notch amenities.

He will also dedicate the Rs 930 crore Londa-Belagavi train line doubling project to the general public.

In Belagavi, the Prime Minister will also lay the cornerstone for six projects funded by the Jal Jeevan Mission that would benefit 8.8 lakh people living in more than 315 villages and would be built at a total cost of about Rs 1,585 crore.

The Indian Aero Show, a biennial event, and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited helicopter manufacturing plant at Tumakuru were both launched by the prime minister on February 6 and 13, respectively.

Karnataka’s upcoming assembly elections are scheduled for April or May.