Shubhra Tandon

Hyderabad, March 4

The Rs 2,300 crore Chennai airport modernisation project being undertaken by Airports Authority of India (AAI) is expected to open on schedule without any delays.

According to the Chairman of AAI, Mr V.P. Agrawal, some minor structural changes have been made to ensure that the project is completed on time.

The need for change was required as there were some issues with the Defence forces.

Land issues

“The State Government was supposed to give some land to the Defence. The land has been identified but defence has its own reservations and have not accepted it. In place of the structure that was there, we have given them a 7-8 times bigger structure but defence is holding their position and is not allowing demolition of that small structure, and has given AAI some small areas around it,” said Mr Agrawal.

He said that AAI had planned to make an air-condition plant room sub-station block in that space. However, now, the Authority has partially changed the layout of that area.

Design changes

“Before, it was supposed to be an entirely rectangular structure, but now, we have made it into U-shape, constructing that block around the Defence building,” he said.

The AAI Chairman said that even in the next stage of development (of an integrated terminal), which will be after 3-4 years, the State-owned airport operator will demolish the existing domestic block to make another building.

“At that time there will be requirement for some additional equipment. Even at that time, we can use this vacant space (of demolished terminal) and cover that requirement,” he said.

However, he also said that the Defence will eventually give that land, as it has been agreed upon. It is only a matter of time.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 5, 2010)
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