Chennai’s second airport to be at Parandur

Chennai’s long wait for its second airport is set to end as Parandur near Sriperumbudur has been chosen as the site to construct the greenfield facility.

As per the provisions of the Greenfield Airport Policy (2008), the state government is now required to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for a grant of ‘site clearance’.

Talks to establish a second airport for the city resumed early this year, and the State government requested the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to execute a feasibility study for the project. Four sites – Pannur, Parandur, Tiruporur and Padalam – were identified, and the AAI team inspected each site and submitted a report.

The Tamil Nadu govt has shortlisted the site located around 60 km southwest of the existing airport.

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Pannur and Parandur were then shortlisted. After studying the various prospects in both locations, the State government held a meeting with the Centre recently to choose the site.

Post meeting, Tamil Nadu Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu said the Civil Aviation Ministry had expressed its willingness to go along with what the State government recommended.

The site at Parandur is located in Kancheepuram district, and according to the report prepared by AAI, it is 60 km southwest of the existing Chennai airport.

It will have two runways, terminal buildings, taxiways, apron, cargo terminal and other required amenities.

The report also states: “The average distance travelled by a passenger to Parandur airport will be 73 km, and the average time taken will be 1 hour and 54 minutes as against the 21 km and 54 minutes taken to travel to the present Chennai airport.”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced that a second airport for the city would come up at Parandur near here at an estimated INR 20,000 crore with an annual capacity of 10 crore passengers. It will have two runways, terminal buildings, taxiways, apron, cargo terminal and other required amenities.

In a statement, CREDAI Chennai while welcoming the decision to set up the airport at Parandur said the second airport for Chennai would give a big push to the aviation sector.

The airport will be located on around 4,971 acres of land.

The new airport location would be placed on the global logistic map and would get a boost with more real estate developments, whether it is residential, commercial, retail or hospitality sectors, CREDAI said.

The site that they have finalised is over 4,791 acres, and of this, 2,605 acres fall under the wetland category, while the remaining 827 acres are dry land, the report stated. This could be an ideal two-runway airport, but if parallel runways were to be built then an additional 200 acres of land would have to be acquired.

The report looked at multiple options of operational efficiency of using the new and the existing airports simultaneously. The report has looked at the obstacles present in and around the site.

With Chennai airport’s air travel to grow annually at 15 to 20%, a greenfield airport will be required in 7-8 years — the same time frame that will be required to build a greenfield airport.

In June, the Union minister said the airport was likely to come up with an investment of INR 40,000 crore and it would be cleared shortly. The recent development of the new airport also comes as the Chennai Airport looks at the other side of the Adyar River for its expansion.

With Chennai airport’s air travel to grow annually at 15 to 20%, a greenfield airport will be required in 7-8 years — the same time frame that will be required to build a greenfield airport.

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