Thursday, May 16, 2019

Land for airport expansion to be acquired by end of year

Chennai: The Airports Authority of India's (AAI) plan to have runway lights, hangars near the second runway and a taxiway in the northern side of the main runway will soon become reality as the state government will complete acquiring approximately 100 acres of land by end of this year.
The airport authorities had asked the state government to acquire small parcels of land at Manapakkam, Kolapakam and Cowl Bazaar, which are close to the runways, to add more facilities to improve aircraft handling capacity of the airport.

The AAI had sought 92.62 acres on either side of the second runway near the Manapakkam end of the second runway to build a fuel farm and hangars for maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) and 15.83 acres at the end of the second runway to install approach lights and 4.81 acres near the main runway near the Pallavaram end.

Sources said the land needed in these areas is empty and acquisition won’t affect residents.

“The acquisition process is almost over except for some court cases which will be settled soon. A favourable verdict is coming through and the first portion may be transferred after the government issues money for giving compensation. The entire land parcels can be handed over by end of the year," said an official.

The state government is expected to decide and pass an order to transfer the land after the election results are out and the model code of conduct ends.
16/05/19 Times of India

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