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Airport city in the works for Bangalore

RFP issued for 530-acre project at Kempegowda International Airport, which will have convention centres, business parks and hotels

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Operators of the Kempegowda International Airport has issued a RFP to develop plans for an airport city.

BANGALORE - The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in the Indian technology city of Bangalore may soon be further developed into an airport city, with plans to build convention centres, business parks and hotels.

Operators of the airport has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) to develop plans for the aerotropolis, which will be constructed near the airport across a 530-acre space, reported the Bangalore Mirror.

The airport is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), a public-private consortium.

"BIAL has published an RFP to identify property consultants to assist in the evaluation of certain asset classes, as part of the future expansion of the airport. The plans are currently at a very nascent stage," said a BIAL spokesperson.

When completed, the aerotropolis will allow visitors and passengers to engage in business and leisure activities without having to leave the airport premises during transit.

"An airport city is a city within a city, a destination in itself," an official had earlier told Bangalore Mirror. "The airport city will go beyond being just an airport. It is envisioned to be an urban entity with a business park, prime offices, conference centres, hotels, shopping complexes, restaurants and entertainment zones."

The aerotropolis is believed to also include a high-speed rail link that connects the airport to Bangalore's city centre.

Earlier, it was announced that KIA will have a concert and experience arena by 2022. The venue is set to host multi-genre events including conferences, concerts, theatrical extravaganzas, and sports events.

Referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India", the city of Bangalore is widely considered as the country's leading information technology exporter. The second fastest-growing major metropolis in India, it has one of the most highly educated workforces in the world.