Monday, November 09, 2020

Minister moots underpass to facilitate airport runway expansion in Madurai

Madurai: Revenue minister R B Udayakumar on Sunday said that constructing an underpass for a state highways road is the best option available for the expansion of Madurai airport runway. He said it would be similar to Varanasi airport that has an underpass for national highway. Since a highway road is passing through the part where the runway is proposed to be expanded, either the road should be diverted or an underpass needs to be constructed, an official said.

The minister held a meeting with a team of officials, including Madurai district collector T Anbalagan, airport director S Senthil Valavan and divisional engineer of state highways department, Prasanna Venkatesh at the airport. Udayakumar said 90% of the land acquisition required for the runway expansion has been completed.

During an inspection, it was found that constructing an underpass for the highway road, which is passing close to one end of the runway, is the best option. The proposal will be taken to the chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and action will be taken to expedite the project. A ceremony for the runway expansion project will soon be held by the chief minister, he said.

09/11/20 Times of India

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