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Secondary runway work to take 18 months

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A. Srivathsan and P.Oppili

126 acres are fenced and construction of perimeter will begin soon

CHENNAI: The secondary runway project of the Chennai airport will take 18 months for completion, sources in the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said. The 126 acres handed over by the State government for the project has been fenced and construction of the perimeter would begin shortly. The total cost of the expansion is about Rs.400 crore, of which the AAI’s share is Rs.250 crore.

As regards the parallel runway project, the sources said that it would begin only after the remaining 943 acres of land is handed over. A separate Special Tahsildar (Land Acquisition Unit), Chennai Airport Scheme, had been posted at the Pattunool Chatram , Sriperumbudur taluk, for acquiring land.

A detailed map showing both the runways and the airport building had been prepared by the AAI and submitted to the State government. The survey numbers of various land parcels were enumerated and notices would be issued soon.

Development regulations of the second master plan for Chennai had stipulated conditions to control development around the transitional areas and trough around runways of the airport.

However, the map enclosed in the master plan have not indicated the construction of a parallel runway nor do the regulations mention about monitoring developments in the area around parallel runway.

Initially, about 832 acres of land was proposed for the airport expansion, but after examining the runway requirements, it was decided to expand the area requirement to 1069.99 acres.

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