Thursday, July 12, 2007

Two sites in focus for greenfield airport

CHENNAI: Two sites near Chennai are under the active consideration of the State Government for the greenfield airport, according to an official source.

Alamadi village, north of Chennai, and Sunguvarchattram near Sriperumbudur are the two sites for the new airport. Alamadi village is about 8 km from Red Hills and 30 km northwest of Chennai. One of the reasons for considering this location for the project is the site’s proximity to the proposed Outer Ring Road. In the case of Sunguvarchattram, it is close to the Chennai–Bangalore highway.

The other important criterion for considering these two sites for evaluation is the presence of large tracts of government land.

According to the source, the Government is keen to avoid acquisition problems. Other places in and around Sriperumbudur are fraught with acquisition issues since most of them are patta lands.

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