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Consultant for airport tunnel to be picked

CHENNAI, 05/09/2018: A view of the Chennai Airport Domestic Terminal on September 05, 2018. Photo: K. Pichumani

CHENNAI, 05/09/2018: A view of the Chennai Airport Domestic Terminal on September 05, 2018. Photo: K. Pichumani   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

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Feasibility study to take 9 months

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will soon appoint a consultant to do a technical feasibility study before beginning the construction of a tunnel at the Chennai airport.

This tunnel will link the new integrated terminal, which is under construction, and a satellite terminal that will be constructed soon in the apron area.

Passenger traffic

The additional terminal will be used to handle passenger traffic. The satellite terminal will be located between the main and secondary runways. They will also be helpful in the AAI making use of remote bays for parking aircraft. A passenger can finish the check-in procedures in the newly integrated terminal and can board the aircraft at the satellite terminal.

Similarly, this terminal will have a few conveyor belts for baggage collection. Officials of the AAI said, the consultant will take nine months to complete the study and during this time, the agency will examine the site, carry out geo-technical investigation, possible environmental impact and prepare a detailed project report.

The tunnels will be about 1.5 km to 2 km long and located 10.5 feet below the ground. “There may be four tunnels altogether; two for carrying passengersand the other two for carrying their baggage,” an official said.

“We may have a battery operated car or a similar vehicle to travel between the integrated and satellite terminals running in the tunnel to transport passengers from the newly integrated terminal to the satellite terminal,” an official said.

The tunnels will have a length of about be about 1.5 km to 2 km long and likely to be at a depth of be located 10.5 feet below the ground.

Satellite terminal

Chennai airport sees about 30,000 passengers travelling through it everyday and the aircraft movement has crossed 400 a day; since the State government has not announced a location for a second airport, there is no choice but to have a satellite terminal to manage traffic at least for a few years, officials added.

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