Residents against airport expansion

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Expansion of the existing airport at Meenambakkam here will lead to environmental problems such as flooding and noise pollution, said a section of residents from Manappakkam, Kolappakkan, Gerugambakkam and Tharappakkam.

Talking to reporters on Monday, the residents who had formed an association, United People’s Forum for Survival, said the proposed runway would obstruct the draining of water from the residential areas into the Adyar River, resulting in the flooding of the neighbourhood.

The expanded airport would be very close to the densely populated localities of Mugalivakkam, Moulivakkam and Porur. They appealed to the Chief Minister to reconsider the expansion proposal and said ‘Green Field’ airport would be an ideal alternative.

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