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Updated: October 8, 2013 15:09 IST

AAI staff continue protest on Chennai airport privatisation

Sunitha Sekar
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File photo of broken tiles at the New Arrival Terminal in Chennai Airport in June this year. The new terminal has been plagued with problems including broken glass panes and leaking roof panels. Photo: M.Srinath
THEHINDU;THE HINDU File photo of broken tiles at the New Arrival Terminal in Chennai Airport in June this year. The new terminal has been plagued with problems including broken glass panes and leaking roof panels. Photo: M.Srinath

Major clashes broke out at the Chennai airport between members of the Airports Authority Employees Union (AAEU) staff and the CISF officials on Tuesday morning.

Over 500 members of the AAEU gathered at the airport and barged into the terminal in an attempt to prevent the private parties from visiting the airport. About five private players arrived on Tuesday to look at the airport before the start of the bidding process for its privatization.

The members protested and didn't let the private players enter the terminals of the airport. AAI employees have opposed the privatization bid and have been holding demonstrations against this for a while now.

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The story's caption and the acccompanying photo has given an apt and honest answer to those striking saviours of the AAI. Our only request to them is that after mis managing this airport for years, they should hand over this baton to somebody else; surely they can't do a worse job than the AAI ?

from:  suresh menon
Posted on: Oct 8, 2013 at 15:26 IST

High time for it to be handed over. I had a recent flyout from the
international terminal, absolutley nil care in the toilets. Seepage on
the top..OMG..when will we learn,

from:  Ravi Desikan
Posted on: Oct 8, 2013 at 14:31 IST

We need properly maintained and better managed airports to increase passenger traffic and investment from abroad. Clearly, this is not happening, with the airport under AAI's control. Chennai's airport is definely the worst maintained airport among the metroplotan cities in India. If this continues, Chennai and Tamil Nadu will lose out on investment to other cities. It is unfair for the AAI employees to hold the general public to ransom for their selfish motives.

from:  Arun Kumar
Posted on: Oct 8, 2013 at 14:28 IST
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