Modi to lay foundation stone for Chennai airport phase II

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra  Modi may soon be visiting the city for laying the foundation stone of Chennai Airport Phase II mega project.

An invitation on this regard was given to the Prime Minister in person by Sriperumbudur MP, K N Ramachandran.

Speaking to 'News Today' Ramachandran said Modi has assured to come for the foundation-laying ceremony.

He also said Modi was very friendly: "Though our appointment was only with the Prime Minister's Office, after spotting us, Modi asked us to wait and met us in person."

Work for the Chennai Airport phase II mega project was initiated on Wednesday by L&T, to whom the project has been awarded.

An agreement was signed at Airports Authority of India Chennai headquarters on the auspicious day. Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change gave the environment clearance for the modernisation of the second phase of the airport.

The request for environment clearance was made by AAI on 18 May this year following which the proposal was accepted on 22 May. After this, the approval for the project was given 26 June.

An expert appraisal committee (EAC) under the Ministry of Environment, accorded clearance after the minutes of the meeting held 30 May. The minutes were uploaded 11 June.

The modernisation programme would be implemented on the 1,301.28-acre campus which is already in the control of AAI and no further land acquisition will be needed.

The work is expected to be completed in 42 months.  It will be taken up in phases and is expected to be completed by 2021.

PROPOSED WORKS

* Demolition and reconstruction of old T2 and T3 terminals

* Re-construction of airside corridor for seamless integration

* Interfacing provision in the new terminal for future connection of tunnel from satellite terminal

* Augmentation of contact bays

* Development of multi-level car parking

* Development of integrated common user cargo complex, after demolishing the old, unused terminal at Meenambakkam

* Development of contact bays for category E cargo freighters


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