Chennai airport upgradation work hits hurdle

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on May 20, 2011 Published on May 20, 2011

A view of the expansion works at Chennai Airport.   -  Business Line

With the Chennai airport upgradation work going on at a snail's pace the project is to be delayed by another year, according to the according to Air Passengers Association of India.

“The speed at which the work is going on make us believe that it will take at least another 10-12 months more to open even one of the terminals,” said the association's President, Mr Sudhakar Reddy. The airport was taken up for renovation/upgradation in 2008 to complete the domestic terminal in May/June 2010 and the international terminal by May/June 2011, he said.

“There has been no consultation held with the stakeholders, including airlines and passenger bodies, on the problems faced due to the renovation,” he said. Mr Reddy said for instance in July 2008 the Airport Advisory Committee was reconstituted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

However, there was not one meeting of this committee so far as the chairman, who happens to be a former union minister from the State, was not available, he said.

Mr Reddy urged the Tamil Nadu government to allot 1,200 acres of land for creating infrastructure, including a new runway outside the city. In fact, during her previous tenure as chief minister Ms J. Jayalalithaa did promise to give the land. This should be looked into, he said.

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Published on May 20, 2011
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