Thursday, January 25, 2007

Indecision holding up Chennai airport project

Chennai: A new terminal or a greenfield airport? Indecision over this issue is holding up plans for the expansion of the Chennai airport.
Late last year, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel announced that a new package for the development of Chennai and Kolkata airports would be unveiled in three months. There has been no final decision on the shape of the new airport here.
All that Meenambakkam and its environs have seen of late are agitations over the speculated land acquisition for a new airport project.
Enquiries with the Aviation and Airport authorities here reveal that the ball now lies in the State Government's court.
Though the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government was very keen on clinching the airport project early, the land acquisition issue has emerged as a major controversy.
25/01/07 The Hindu