Chennai all set to get its second airport
While news like these always pops up the question of ‘when’, if and when it does happen, it will mark a new era of development of the city. According to a report on livemint, the union government has approved the 4000 acre site in Sriperumbudur, which the state government had recommended a few months back.In addition to this, the present airport is also to be upgraded at a cost of 2000 crores.
What is so unique about this announcement is that, in all probability, Chennai will have two full fledged international airports as soon as 2020, making it the only city in the country whith such an arrangement. Although plans for a new airport at Navi Mumbai exist, things havent progressed much in the last 10 years, while Chennai got the approval from the centre in under 4 months of identifying the site.
The city’s fortunes seem to be good. The present airport, claimed to be one of the better ones in India and also the first in the country to get ISO9001 certification, is quite spacious and still hasnt reached its handling capacity. In addition, the airport has excellent transportation links, lying on NH45, on of the busiest highways in Tamil Nadu and it also has its own suburban railway station at Tirusulam which lies on a trunk railway line, something that is unmatched by any other city in India. With plans of a new terminal and a parallel runway on the cards, its clear that no one’s writing the present airport off.
The new airport at Sriperumbudur, would be at the heart of Chennai’s new industrial belt, already famous for its Hyundai and Nokia exports. An hours drive from the city, and lying on the golden quadrilateral towards Bangalore, an airport here is just what could give a huge boost to production at the various manufacturing units in the area like Orgadam and Maramalai Nagar, and also pave the way for a satellite township, something much needed for Chennai.
I was just kidding with the graphic at the top 😛
This is the approved design for the new domestic terminal at Chennai Airport.