Shivamogga Airport

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    • PM Modi inaugurated the Shivamogga Airport at Shivamogga, Karnataka.
    • He also laid the foundation stone for two railway projects in Shivamogga which include the Koteganguru Railway coaching depot and Shivamogga – Shikaripura – Ranebennur new Railway line to improve connectivity in the Malnad region.

    About

    • Shivamogga is a city and the district headquarters of Shivamogga district in central Karnataka.
    • The city lies on the banks of the Tunga River. 
    • A major part of the Shivamogga district lies in the Malnad region.
    • Being the gateway for the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city is popularly nicknamed the “Gateway of Malnad”.

    Malnad

    • Malnad is a region in Karnataka.
    • It covers the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats or Sahyadri mountain range and is roughly 100 kilometres in width. 
    • The region experiences heavy annual rainfall and includes Agumbe, which 
    • receives the highest annual rainfall in Karnataka.

    Source: TH