Sunday, September 22, 2019

Six locations shortlisted for city’s second airport

Chennai: After dilly-dallying for years on a second airport for the city, the State government has now shortlisted six locations.
Highly-placed sources told The Hindu that Thiruporur, Vallathur, Thodur, Cheyyar, Maduramangalam and Mappedu are on the shortlist.
In a few days, the State government is likely to hold talks with officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to see which site would be feasible to build the new airport. A field visit will also be conducted.
“There are several locations on the radar. We have shortlisted six from them. In fact, one of the locations was identified two months back. But AAI officials felt it was not suitable, in view of technical factors,” said a senior government official. The land requirement for the second airport will be around 2,000-2,500 acres, said AAI officials.
“There is a dire need for a second airport as the existing facility is already getting saturated,” said an AAI official.
22/09/19 Sangeetha Kandavel/Sunitha Sekar/The Hindu
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