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Villagers around KIA living a dusty nightmare

As KIA spreads its wings, mud, sand and other superb particles invade homes and plants of the various villagers in the neighborhood

As Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operators of Kempegowda International Aitport (KIA), undertakes a massive expansion programme to cater to the growing market calls for, the standard of lifetime of other folks residing across the airport is taking a nosedive.

Layers of mud engulf the villages located in the neighborhood of the airport which pose a serious health hazard to residents. With summer season at its height and the growth job going complete steam forward, the situation is little short of a nightmare for the villages across the airport, affecting now not just their daily activities but in addition their plants.

Residents of Mylanahalli, BK Halli, Begur and Chikkanahalli with whom Bangalore Mirror spoke, stated their homes, shops, institutions and farms were engulfed through mud ever because the construction job of the second one runway began in 2017. But now it has escalated with the airport government undertaking a slew of expansion activities concurrently, which includes a 2nd terminal, further access roads and a brand new multi-modal delivery hub.

“Earthmovers and excavators stay digging at more than a few spots within the airport premises and the soil is loaded into vehicles after which dumped at other locations. When the wind blows, the sand and dirt is carried around and engulfs the surrounding villages. Our properties, shops and fields are full of mud,” stated Narayanaswamy a shopkeeper.

Ramanji, a resident of Mylanahalli stated that there are about 500 properties in the village and virtually all of them have one commonplace grievance which is that mud covers all household items. “We have to wash the utensils and furnishings over and over again due to the mud which settles on the whole lot in the home. During this summer season, mud has higher compared to what it was in January or February,” he stated.


Villagers say that the mud subsidies for a day or so if it rains, however after that it's again with a vengeance.

Adjoining the airport are farm lands, orchards, vineyards and mulberry plantations.

Farmers in those villages say they've been affected by the mud that the wind brings with it from the airport. “Our crop yield has already been affected due to unseasonal rains and water scarcity, but the thick mud that blows in from the airport has made issues worse for us. They should wrap up the work soon. If this goes on, we received’t be capable to domesticate the rest right here. In that case, we will be able to must be compensated for our losses,” stated a farmer.

BIAL admits that due to several ongoing projects in the airport, other folks residing in the neighborhood were affected. “Projects of the magnitude of the current construction on the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru virtually all the time have an impact on the lives of the folk in the instant neighborhood,” stated the airport spokesperson.


In reaction to queries from Bangalore Mirror as to what steps it has taken to address problems related to the mud threat experienced through villages near the airport, BIAL stated that as a accountable corporate citizen, it's operating to make certain that the impact of the ongoing venture is minimised to the extent imaginable and that it has taken some measures which come with: metaling of haul roads the use of Granular Sub Base layer and turfing, speed restriction of vehicles plying on the construction website to mitigate mud, watering of material garage areas the place free soil is stored and continuous spraying of the venture areas with water the use of water tankers and mist cannons. “Further meetings with Panchayats in the adjoining areas to discuss the necessities of villages as an end result of the venture job, have now created a elementary define. This would include – over the longer term - advent of group property, like underground water garage units, storm-water drains, overhead water garage tanks, group library, and so forth,” BIAL stated.

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