It was part of an expansion project in front of new domestic terminal

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials have deferred the proposal to create a multi-level car parking at the Chennai airport.

The proposal was part of the expansion project being taken up in front of the new domestic terminal.

S. Raheja, Member (Planning), AAI, New Delhi told The Hindu that already tenders were called for the multi-level car parking twice in the past few months. But, there was not adequate response. Following this the AAI has decided to go in for a surface car parking at the airport. Tender for this work has been called by the AAI.

A senior officer said that as per the original expansion project proposal, the AAI had identified the open ground opposite the new domestic terminal building for the three-basement-level car parking with about 8,000 square metres of commercial area. This is now temporarily on hold. The multi-level parking would be able to accommodate 1,500 vehicles at a time, which would help in easing the vehicular congestion at the airport. But, with the surface level parking, only 400 vehicles could be parked at any point of time, the officer said.

The AAI's tender notice clearly indicated that surface car parking in front of the new domestic terminal building at the Chennai airport has to be completed at a cost of Rs 4.42 crore. The work completion period is given as three to four months.

Two important components from the mega project have been withdrawn - walkalator and the multi-level car parking. The AAI authorities said that the walkalator would be introduced at a later date.

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