Govt should consider alternative plan for A'port expansion:UPFS

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Chennai, Dec 25 (UNI) The United People's Forum For Survival (UPFS), comprising four suburban villages of Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Gerugambakkam and Tharapakkam, today urged the Tamil Nadu Government to consider an alternative proposal, suggested by it, for the proposed expansoion Chennai airport.

UPFS representative S Brighton said due to the construction proposed for the runway and the security walls of the airport, there was a threat of Adyar river getting squeezed leading to floods during rainy season.

''The flow of rain water would get affected and consequently it would wash away more than 20 hamlets in this area,' he said, adding that this threat was highly alarming.

Citing the efficient handling of air traffic using a single runway at the Gatwick airport in the United Kingdom, Brighton said according to government sources, the airport would be expanded to handle 50 flights in 2015 with the help of two runways.

'By adopting the similar approach, we would be able to handle about 50 flights now itself,' he added.

''Earlier we had been anticipating the loss of property and homes. But now our lives are at cross roads if the lands in these areas were acquired for the proposed expansion,'' he said.

''We will submit the alternative suggestions, which are technically feasible to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi shortly,'' he added.

He said that Gatwick airport had two terminals, the north and the south terminal, but one runway.

It was also the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second busiest airport in UK after Heathrow and one of the top ten busiest airports of Europe.


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