Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Chennai airport modernisation after consultation only: Patel

Chennai: The modernisation and expansion of Chennai airport is preliminarily estimated to cost between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000 crore, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here today.
Stressing that it was "imperative for Chennai airport to be modernised," he told reporters here that all sections including the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, political parties and public would be consulted before the project was executed.
He said it was not "advisable" for constructing a new airport here, with a lot of good infrastructure already available in the existing one.
On the protests by some section of the public here against the expansion, he said similar problems existed in places like Delhi also.
Patel said 35 non-metro airports across the country, including Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore and Madurai, had been identified for upgradation to world-class standards.
19/06/06 PTI/The Hindu
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