The twenty year old delay in identifying the site
for a second airport for Chennai is likely to end soon with Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister M K Stalin deciding the site for the project.
site will be between Pannur and Parandur.
According to sources the site will be between
Pannur and Parandur. A high level state government delegation led by Industries
Minister Thangam Thennarasu will meet the Civil aviation minister Jyotir Aditya
Scindia this week in this regard according to media reports.
Nadu government had identified 4 sites for the second airport for Chennai but the airport authority of India chose two sites taking into
consideration various factors. The AAI had chosen Pannur and Parandur in
western part of the city near the road leading to Bengaluru.
Construction of the Second airport at Delhi near
Noida and Navi Mumbai has already commenced and both the airports are expected
to be commissioned within three years. But the Chennai’s second airport has
been on the drawing board stage for the past twenty years.
Way back in 2002 it was decided that the airport
would come up near Sunguvarchatram but the then dmk government did not favor
the concept of the second airport and decided that the existing airport be
In the last two decades the air traffic had
increased exponentially that a saturation point was reached at the existing