The civil aviation ministry and state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday held a meeting to discuss the possible construction of a second airport for Chennai at Sriperumbudur.
Ministry sources said it was expected that the present airport could get saturated in a decade and parallel runways are not possible in this airport.
“The AAI will submit all the studies it had done and it’s up to the state government to decide whether it wants a second airport or not,” a ministry source said, adding that since the ‘site clearance’ of the possible venue at Sriperumbudur was yet to be done, the move for a second airport for Chennai “is at very preliminary stage”. The AAI is carrying out modernisation of the existing airport.
AAI regional executive director (South) Mr D Devaraj said a technical study had been undertaken by International Civil Avia-tion Organisation for dual operations (Chennai and Sripeumbudur). “It is under consideration.”
An industry source in Chennai said acquisition of land for the greenfield airport at Sriperumbudur wou-ld be history in Tamil Nadu, as it is expected to attract large amount of litigation. But then, he pointed out that since Sriperumbudur is an industrial hub, it has huge cargo potential apart from regular passenger movement.
“A greenfield airport is a necessity for Chennai as there is acute congestion. We need to push our plans as quickly as possible,” he said, arguing that the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka ha-ve benefited from building new airports at their states.