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AAI to re-survey obstacles that affect second runway at Chennai airport, Infra News, ET Infra

CHENNAI: The airports advisory committee headed by T R Baalu, MP, has urged the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to carry out a re-survey of obstacles like buildings that affect landing and take-off on the second runway at Chennai airport.

The suggestion came after members of the committee, that met at the airport on Saturday, said the obstacles can be removed without affecting buildings with infringement of upto to 0.5metres.

The AAI recently issued notices to many residents, asking them to demolish obstacles including water tanks, roof and top floors of buildings infringing the approach path of aircraft coming in to land at the Manapakkam-end. The airport is not able to use the runway to its optimum.

Baalu also told the district administration to take steps to remove the obstacles so that bigger planes can also land.

The committee urged the AAI to convene a meeting of defence authorities and the TN government for handing over of defence land for airside development and instructed the special DRO to hand over the land identified for hangar and simple approach lighting of runway 12/30.

Baalu suggested that CISF personnel who can speak the local language be posted in areas where passenger interaction happens to make it easy. He also asked the immigration department to submit a letter on staff shortage at counters.

Airport director Sharad Kumar explained the expansion work at the terminals and on the airside to boost passenger handling capacity to 35 million a year.

While steps being taken to use the new terminal, due to be commissioned by month-end, and further expansion plans were discussed, Baalu urged the AAI to restore the names of Kamaraj domestic terminal and Anna international terminal after the construction.

Minister for MSME T M Anbarasan, Pallavaram MLA I Karunanithi, Tambaram MLA S R Raja, Chengalpet collector A R Rahul Nadh, senior Greater Chennai Corporation officvials, police, airline representatives, customs, immigration and CISF officials attended the meeting.

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