New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Aviation VK Singh said that the location for the second airport in Chennai has been selected. DMK MP in Lok Sabha Kanimozhi questioned the establishment of a second airport in Chennai.
Responding to this, Union Minister of State for Aviation VK Singh said that the state government has finalized the greenfield site at Paranthurai near Sriperumbudur – 70 km from the city – to put an end to the years-long search for a second airport for Chennai. Also, the state government initially considered four places namely Seiyur and Mamandur in Chengalpattu district, Barandur in Kanchipuram district and Pannur in Tiruvallur district.
After conducting a study to assess the suitability of the sites, the Airports Authority of India found Parantur and Pannur to be relatively more viable for airport development. The Airports Authority of India sent a pre-feasibility report to the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited (TIDCO), instructing it to carry out Unobstructed Limit Surface (OLS) survey and grading work at two identified locations.
After comparing the viability and feasibility including presence of residential and industrial establishments and cost of land acquisition of the two sites, the state government has selected the Parantur site as the location for the development of the greenfield airport.
According to the provisions of the Greenfield Airport Policy, 2008, the state government will now have to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to grant site clearance for the finalized site and Union Minister of State for Aviation VK Singh DMK MP said. told Kanimozhi.
The process of selecting a site for the second airport was in its final stages a week ago. It may be noted that Tamil Nadu State Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu met Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in the national capital on July 26.