Thursday, June 15, 2006

Decision on Chennai airport soon

Chennai: The Planning Commission and the Civil Aviation Ministry have agreed to decide the scope and shape of the Chennai and Kolkata airport projects within three months. The Airports Authority of India and the Tamil Nadu Government are also working out plans for the Chennai airport. But the basic issue that needs to be examined is whether the city needs a new airport or just an expansion. .
Both the Chennai and Kolkata projects are expected to be handled by the AAI, along with 35 other domestic airports. But the metro projects will be on the fast track and on a much larger scale.
The Chennai project ran into complications after agitations by resident associations from around Meenambakkam and Pallavaram over the land acquisition notices.
Hence, it is important for the authorities to decide on and announce the location and scope of the project.
14/06/06 V. Jayanth/The Hindu
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