The state government of Tamil Nadu has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to appoint a consultant for preparing a draft report and identify three potential sites near the city for the second greenfield airport proposed near Chennai.
It is to be noted that the project was mooted seven years ago by the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, while releasing Tamil Nadu’s vision 2023 document in 2012.
She said that nearly Rs 20,000 crore will be invested in the greenfield project to handle annually around 40 million passengers. The second airport then was proposed in the auto cluster of Sriperumbudur, about 40 km west of Chennai, spanning 4,800 acres.
As per the RFP issued by the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco), the State has four international airports (Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli and Madurai) and two domestic airports (Tuticorin and Salem). The Chennai airport is the fourth busiest airport in the country, handling 20.36 million passengers in 2017-18. It constituted a 6.7-per cent share in India’s total aircraft movement in 2017-18, and recorded a 16.3 per cent growth in terms of freight handling.
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