Monday, October 30, 2017

Government to acquire 100 acres for city airport expansion

Chennai: Airports Authority of India's plans to add facilities to enhance aircraft and passenger-handling capacities of Chennai airport is on track as the state government has agreed to acquire 100 acres of land in parcels for the work. The decision was conveyed by the state government when officials of civil aviation ministry and AAI met chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Friday.
"The state government has agreed to acquire the land which will come to around 100 acres. This will include land to build a parallel taxiway. This is crucial because we need space for the taxiway and parking bays," AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said.
The authority had asked the state government to provide 200 acres when officials met the state government officials in June. "They [government] later requested us to scale down the quantity of land which we did. Now, they have accepted our demand," said Mohapatra.
AAI wanted to speed up adding facilities at Chennai airport after it became clear that the second airport would not come up at Sriperumbudur. The airport has got saturated and needed to boost its aircraft and passenger-handling capacities to meet the requirement till a second airport could be built. But it is estimated that it will take another four to five years to plan a second airport.
30/10/17 Times of India