Chennai greenfield airport project takes off

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Chennai, May 22 (UNI) Construction work for the new greenfield airport in the city was on, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary L K Tripathy said today.

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on trade cooperation promotion, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here, he refuted reports that the construction of the airport was being delayed and said an announcement on the work would be made soon.

Earlier at the workshop, Mr Tripathy stressed that India should tap solar energy for electricity generation to ensure energy security.

Suggesting that new technologies could be developed to make farmers' pumpsets solar energy-compatible, he said farmers could thus generate their own electricity in their fields from sunlight.

''This would avoid the necessity of providing farmers subsidised electricity.'' He called for deregulation and free trade to enable India to access those technologies.

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