Tamil Nadu: Proposed airport at Parandur to cost ₹20K crore

Construction of the proposed airport at Parandur near Chennai will cost ₹20,000 crore as per the initial estimates, Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin said on Tuesday. In a statement, the chief minister said the new airport would have a capacity to handle 100 million passengers. It will have two runways, taxiways, terminal buildings, apron, cargo terminals, MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and other facilities.

The state government would submit an application to obtain site clearance from the greenfield airport committee of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, he added. "The land acquisition and preparation of a detailed project report will begin after obtaining site clearance from the ministry," he said After completing the process, the government would start work to get in-principle approval and licence for the new airport.

The airport will be set up based on the Guidelines for Greenfield Airport released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2008. He said that the new airport was proposed taking into consideration the growing passenger traffic and cargo movement and to enhance international and domestic traffic. The new airport will also help the state government to boost economic activity to achieve the goal of making Tamil Nadu a one trillion dollar economy, he added.

The existing airport has a passenger capacity of 22 million per year. The capacity will be further enhanced to 35million passengers per year in seven years after the ongoing expansion work is completed

The government will have to acquire land at Parandur, Valathur, Nelvoy, Thandalam, Podalur, Madapuram, Ekanapuram, Akkammapuram, Singilipadi, Mahadevi Mangalam, Gunakarambakkam and Edayarpakkam.

The state government had shortlisted Parandur and Pannur, both of which the Airports Authority of India found suitable for the establishment of a greenfield airport. The plan is to develop a huge aero city with facilities for maintenance and repairs, aviation ancillary units, and commercial establishments.

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