Thursday, December 28, 2017

Second airport to get delayed further

Chennai: A second airport for Chennai may take longer to get built as the state government is yet to decide on the land for constructing the facility.

The state government had assured Airports Authority of India (AAI) a month ago that a location will be identified by December-end after the Sriperumbudur plan was dropped.
A senior official of AAI said the state government was yet to inform about a choice. "It would be ideal to have a location as ground work needs to be started as early as possible. It may take five years to build a new airport. The deadline to identify the land was fixed a month ago after senior officials met the state government officials in Chennai for discussing issues in connection with land acquisition for airports in the state," the official said.
Two alternative locations are being looked at after the plan for an airport at Sriperumbudur was scrapped citing high land acquisition cost. State government officials hinted to the AAI in November that it would take time to identify a location because they would prefer a site where there was minimal need to displace people but which was not too far from the city.
28/12/17 Times of India