Parallel runway project put on hold:
CHENNAI: “Plans for a new parallel runway at the Chennai Airport have been put on hold as the Tamil Nadu government is keen on the new airport in Sriperumbudur,” Airports Authority of India chairman VP Agrawal said on Friday.
He said the government was looking at better opportunities for the new airport. “We have conducted a small feasibility study from our side mainly to understand if making the runway there is feasible as that will be the most basic function. While our studies have shown positive results, yet another has to be commissioned by the International Civil Aviation Organization,” he added.
AAI chairman had earlier said that the feasibility study had already been given to ICAO which was due to give its reply by July. Clarifying that ICAO had not started the study yet, Agrawal said that AAI would sign an agreement with ICAO for taking up the study, sometime next week.
ATC AUTOMATION: Agrawal also highlighted plans for Air Traffic Control automation.
Work would be taken up with immediate affect at the cost of Rs.40 crores. New radars would be acquired within eight months.