Focus on safety of airport expansion

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Safety-related issues arising out of the proposed airport expansion project were highlighted at a meeting convened by the United People’s Forum for Survival and experts from the aviation industry here on Saturday.

Aviation safety consultant Captain A. Ranganathan said that the portion of the proposed runway where aircrafts would be touching down for landing was flood-prone. “During monsoon, run-off from Chembarambakkam Lake and Porur Lake would enter the Adyar and result in floods at the site of the proposed runway,” he said.

He also pointed out that the construction of parallel runways as proposed would not be utilised to an optimum level. “There is also not enough space for the proposed runway to have terminal buildings to cater to the needs of expected 23 million users,” he said. With technological upgradation and having rapid exits, the current runway could cater to more flights and users, he said.

The chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) also touched upon this issue in a meeting with members of the United People’s Forum for Survival, he said.

Brinda Brighton, Manapakkam resident and president of the United People’s Forum for Survival, demanded that lands acquired for the expansion be denotified.

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