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Chennai airport set for makeover

TE Raja Simhan Chennai | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 18, 2015

DEEPAK SHASTRI, Chennai Airport Director

Sculptures, murals depicting Tamil culture to adore facility in run-up to investors’ meet

Chennai airport will get a ₹4-crore face lift with sculptures and murals depicting Tamil culture decorating the entire terminal in the run up to Global Investors Meet to be held in the city in September.

Welcoming delegates

Other initiatives like special cells to receive delegates will be in place, said Chennai Airport Director Deepak Shastri.

“We will improve our house keeping. We are in the process of putting up better terminal management and day-to-day management to constantly monitor the terminal. We will put sculptures and murals, and have sought the help of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation for this,” he told BusinessLine.

“GIM is a golden opportunity to improve things. We have very good officials in the airport to take up the challenge,” he said.

State support

State officials are also coordinating with the Airport authorities ahead of the international investors meet.

He said State government officials expect around 5,000 delegates to pass through the airport during the event.

The airport is well equipped to handle the additional crowd. Shastri said special cells are being created to receive the delegates. Immigration and Customs are also being geared up to handle the inflow. Additional manpower will be required in the Customs, Security and Immigration departments. The State government need to coordinate with various agencies for this, he said.

The GIM is a huge function of the State government and needs focussed attention. And, for any global event, the airport gives the first impression of the State for the delegate. It is that important. “We are going with zero-defect targets,” he said.

Funds are not a constraint and the spending is from the maintenance fund. What would have otherwise taken one year will have to be done in three months. “There is a kind of urgency working on a two-month target. These things will improve efficiency, he said.

Outside the terminal, airport authorities are asking taxi owners to be polite to passengers and not overcharge them. They will also be part of the whole exercise, he said.

Overall development

Similarly, the Chennai Metro Rail Ld should clean up the area in front of the airport, the State Highways should beautify the road in front of the terminal, and there should be more traffic lights and traffic personnel. Beautification of areas in and around the airport should be taken up by the State government. The Chief Secretary has told all the departments to take special interest in this, he said.

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Published on June 18, 2015
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