S. Vijay Kumar

MADURAI: The district administration has proposed to acquire 610 acres of land to expand the Madurai airport. The proposed site, including 100 acres of poromboke land, would pave way for extending the runway to 12,500 metres enabling the airport to handle international services.

Talking to The Hindu here on Thursday, Collector S. S. Jawahar said a team comprising Airports Authority of India, Highways Department and Madurai Corporation officials had identified the site on the eastern side of the airport that would intersect the Ring Road over 5 km.

“This will be a major step towards achieving international status to Madurai airport. The expansion will fulfil the requirements for operating big aircraft. We have sent the report to the Government.”

As per the plan, the Ring Road would be disconnected at Mandela Junction and diverted via Perungudi and Avaniapuram to connect the Tuticorin Road. Though the actual distance of the Ring Road (between Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand and Kappalur Bridge) would be retained at 27.2 km, the distance connecting the Tuticorin Road would be increased by 6 km.

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