V.N. Chandran, transferred in October 2010 as Airport Director, Thiruvananthapuram, following a controversy over the commissioning of the Rs.300-crore international terminal complex at the airport, has been reinstated.

Mr. Chandran, now Airport Director, Bhubaneswar, had been asked to hand over charge to General Manager, Projects, Pathak and join duty in Thiruvananthapuram.

Sources in the Airports Authority of India (AAI) told The Hindu that the order, issued by AAI General Manager (Human Resource) Balbir Singh in New Delhi on Monday, said ‘the transfer is in the public interest.’

The AAI had transferred G. Chandramouli, the Airport Director, as General Manager (Commercial) at the corporate headquarters on lateral movement. Mr. Chandramouli had taken over as Airport Director on October 21, 2010 when Mr. Chandran was shifted from here.

Mr. Chandran was shifted after he had served 10 months as Director of the airport classified as sensitive. The post of Airport Director in Thiruvananthapuram is equivalent to General Manager, AAI.

He had earlier served as Deputy General Manager (Air-Traffic Control) before being promoted as Airport Director. He was transferred from Mangalore to the city in 2010.

Mr. Chandran’s strict adherence to guidelines had reportedly earned him the wrath of some user-agencies at the airport. AAI sources said Mr. Chandran’s proposal to develop the international airport as a multi-modal hub in the transport system would get an impetus. The proposal was mooted in view of the terminal’s proximity to the Parvathi Puthanar. Mr. Chandran had written to the State highlighting the need to explore the possibility of promoting intermodal travel in the contemporary airport management scenario. A collaborative process between the airport management and the State was also mooted by him.