Sunday, December 10, 2017

Chennai:  The second phase of expansion of the Chennai airport at an approximate cost of `2,100 crore will be decided on Monday when the Public Investment Board will hold a crucial meeting on the project, according to a top airport official. The meeting will decide the quantum of funds as well as how many phases the work will take, said the senior official.

The expansion plan will increase the aircraft movement from 32 to 40 aircraft per hour and passenger capacity of the terminals from 18 million to 30 million.

“Once we get approval, then we will go for bids. The PIB will also decide whether the project could be completed at one go or phase-wise,” said the official.

Interestingly, the move to get clearance for the second phase of expansion comes when the State government is looking for a site for developing the second airport. “The State has been asked to come up with a site by December 31,” the official said.

The phase-II modernisation of the airport shall include demolition and reconstruction of the old domestic  terminal,  old  international  terminal,  re-construction  of  airside corridor for  seemless  integration, and interfacing  provision  in  the  new  terminal  for  future connection  of  tunnel  from  satellite terminal.
10/12/17 C Shivakumar/New Indian Express