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Chennai Airport

Land for second runway was handed over to AAI

Jul 29 2008, Chennai:


As part of the plan to expand the current airport, 126.59 acres of land for second runway was formerly handed over to Airports Authority of India(AAI) to start with. It is expected that the tender for forming the second runway will be announced in next couple of weeks and work will start immediately as follows as well.

Cabinet earlier decided to hand over 1069.99 acres for expanding the Meenampakkam airport. The plan was to acquire 233.01 acres from Manapakkam, 394.91 acres from Kolapakkam, 360.84 acres from Kerukampakkam and 81.20 acres from Tharapakkam.

The second runway will have 1,400 meters length and will be built on top of Adayar river.

There are compliant from the land owners that they didn't get all the settlement so far for the land acquired. When enquired, the government sources indicated that all the paper work has been completed and as soon as they get the approval from the government, they will give the fund to the land owners.

Cabinet decided to hand over 1069 acres for expanding airport

Nov 09 2007, Chennai:


Cabinet decided to hand over 1069.99 acres of land to Airports Authority of India(AAI) for expanding the Meenampakkam airport.

Two sites in focus for greenfiled aiport

July 18 2007, Chennai:

  • Alamadi near Red Hills and Sungavarchattram near Sriperumpudur
  • Proximity to highways a criterian
  • Large tracks of government land available
  • State government keen to avoid acquisition problem

Two sites near Chennai are under consideration of the of the state Government for the green field airport, arroding to an official source.

Chennai Airport

Alamadi village, north of Chennai, and Sungavarchatram near Sriperumpudur are the two sites for the new airport. Alamadi village is about 8 km from Red Hills and 30 km northwest of Chennai. One of the reasons for considering this location for the project is the site's proximity to the proposed Outer Ring Road. In the case of Sungavarchatram, it is close to Chennai-Bangalore highway.

The other important criterion for considering these two sites for evalution is the presence of large tracts of government land.

According to the source, the Government is keen to avoid acquisition problems. Other places in and around Sriperumpudur are fraught with acquisition issues since most of them are patta lands.
Ref: The Hindu

Greenfield Airport MAP

June 23 2007, Chennai:

The MAP for proposed Greenfield Airport

The names that are highlighted in green colour earmarked for the proposed Greenfield Airport.

Airport modernization project cleared

June 16 2007, New Delhi:

The Prime Minister’s Committee on infrastructure has cleared the much-awaited modernization of the Chennai airport. The up gradation and modernization of Chennai airport, at an approximate cost of Rs.2,350 crore, would be taken up by Airports Authority of India(AAI). The Committee, which met here on Friday, also asked for the pre-feasibility report for a greenfield airport near Chennai. The airport in Chennai currently handles about 25 aircraft movement per hour. In 2006-07,it handled 97,680 aircraft movements The capacity of the airport to handle aircraft movement is expected to be saturated by 2014-15. The airport handled 2.8 million passengers in its international terminal in 2006-07 The capacity of this terminal is three million annually and is expected to be saturated by 2007-08.

Similarly, the domestic terminal, which handled 5.9 million passengers in 2006-07, has a capacity to handle six million passengers annually and will be saturated by 2007-08.
Ref: The Hindu

Airport Announcement

May 22 2007, Chennai:


Airport Expansion

  • 1,069.99 acres of land to be acquired for current airport expansion
  • Land acquisition would be in four villages — Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Kerukampakkam and Tharapakkam
  • 947 houses would be displaced

New Greenfield Airport

  • 4,800 acres of land to be acquired for new Greenfield airport
  • Land acquisition would be in Tirumangalam, Mambakkam, Irungulam, Vadamangalam, Padicherry, Sirukilai, Kilai and Sriperumbudur in Sriperumbudur taluk, Tirupandiyur and Vayalur in Tiruvallur taluk
  • 1,078 houses would be displaced

CHENNAI: All party meeting chaired by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi decided to expand the airport and at the same time construct the new airport.

For expansion, 1,069.99 acres will be acquired in four villages - Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Kerukampakkam and Tharapakkam. 7,115 people living in 947 houses would be displaced for the expansion. The earlier plan was to take over land in thickly populated areas of Ankaputhur, Gowl Bazaar, Pallavaram Cantonment and this would have impacted 60,000 people living in 5,000 houses. The compensation package and relocation cost would be around Rs. 1,000 crore.

The Government would also acquire land for the proposed greenfield airport. The development of the airport and the expansion of the old airport would proceed simultaneously. As many as 4,820.66 acres spread across Tirumangalam, Mambakkam, Irungulam, Vadamangalam, Padicherry, Sirukilai, Kilai and Sriperumbudur in Sriperumbudur taluk, Tirupandiyur and Vayalur in Tiruvallur taluk would be acquired. A total of 6,540 people living in 1,078 houses would be razed. The compensation would cost the Government Rs. 1,799.89 crore and resettlement of the affected people, Rs. 53.9 crore.

The new airport would have four runways and to meet the growing needs of Chennai and neighboring districts both airports would be required the officials said. The task of construction would be entrusted with the Airports Authority of India.

All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam did not agree with the resolution, claiming that many people would be affected by the airport expansion project; all other political parties agreed with the resolution. Mr. Karunanidhi said that he had assured the party representative that the Government would look into all petitions.