Monday, November 21, 2016

Construction permits near airport may be withdrawn

Decision made after IIT-M conducts survey to identify causes of flooding

To prevent flooding, a number of construction permits issued by planning agencies along the stretch of the Adyar from its origin to the airport are expected to be withdrawn after May.

Chennai irport Director Deepak Shastri said more than 90 per cent of a survey done using drones had been completed.

“The IIT-Madras is carrying out a survey to identify the causes of flooding. Barren land pockets along the river are also being identified for flood mitigation measures. The report has been delayed owing to sensitive areas near Tambaram covered in the survey. The report will be available in May,” he said.

Mentioning a few construction projects that have been permitted in the area, Mr. Shastri, who was speaking at a panel discussion on connectivity and transportation organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here, on Saturday, said “certain construction permits have to be withdrawn.”

During the last northeast monsoon in December 2015, the airport was affected and operations suspended for many days.
21/11/16 The Hindu
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