New Delhi, Jun 15: The Committee on Infrastructure today gave in-principle approval to the modernisation of Chennai airport and the setting up of a greenfield airport at Sriperumbedur.
The modernisation will be carried out by the Airports Authority of India and the first phase will be over by 2010, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters after the meeting of the Committee that met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Additional land will be provided by the Tamil Nadu Government.
The new airport at Sriperumbedur near Chennai will entail an expenditure of Rs 2,000 crore in the first phase.
The Tamil Nadu Governemnt had already identified 4,821 acre of land for the new airport, Mr Patel said and added the technical feasibility study for it was being carried out.