New Delhi, June 12: Chennai's proposed greenfield airport is set for an early start, with the Tamil Nadu Government on Thursday making it clear that it would not be able to assure the Centre on the availability of land for the Phase II expansion of the existing airport at Meenambakkam.
According to sources, the Chennai airport’s capacity will be saturated by 2015-16 if the Phase II expansion for upgrading the existing infrastructure does not come through. The only option available to the Centre would be to expedite the process to build the greenfield airport at Sriperumbudur approximately 40 km from Chennai to meet passenger demand. The matter was brought up at a meeting between the Cabinet Secretary and the Ministry of Civil Aviation while reviewing the projects.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is already on the job with a techno-feasibility study done for the new airport and will soon get the reports of a study by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
“Soon after the ICAO study is with AAI, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared and with Government clearance land will be acquired for the greenfield airport. While a sort of go-ahead to expedite work on this project has come from the Cabinet Secretariat today, a formal clearance is also likely to follow soon”, said a senior official from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The initial phase of the new airport will cost more than Rs 5,000 crore, say