Chennai, June 22, 2018: The scenic East Coast Road (ECR) may emerge as the gateway to the city’s second airport, as the Tamil Nadu government is considering Cheyyur, about 100km south of Chennai, for the facility which would handle international flights.
Sources told TOI that the Kancheepuram district administration has collected details of 2,000 acres in three villages of Cheyyur taluk and two hamlets in the neighbouring Madurantakam taluk for the second airport.
This is the third location under consideration to decongest the city airport. Earlier, the authorities had looked at a 1,500-acre land parcel at Madurantakam and Uthiramerur, after the government dropped its plan to build an airport in Sriperumpudur. Another 1,250-acre land pocket near Gummidipoondi bordering Andhra Pradesh in Tiruvallur district is also being considered.
“The list of villages include Arappedu and Ayankunnam in Cheyyur taluk and Thozhupedu of Madurantakam taluk,” said a revenue department official. The distance, however, will be a concern for flyers as it may take up to two hours to travel from city centre to Cheyyur.
A revenue department official told TOI,“The field measurement book (FMB) of these villages totalling around 2,000 acres has been given to the district administration according to aviationindia.net”.
FMB is an important component of land record available with revenue department, which is a sketch of demarcated borders of each survey number in a village. The identified land pocket comprises both patta and government land, sources said.
Cheyyur is considered primarily for its access to two major highways— GST and ECR. The drawback would be the distance.
Tamil Nadu plans second airport 100km south of Chennai.