Baalu meets Defence Secretary; discusses Chennai projects

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) Union Road Transport and Highways Minister T R Baalu today held a meeting with Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman K Ramalingam to review the status of acquisition of land held by the Defence Ministry in connection with the speedy implementation of Chennai Special Projects.

A portion of land measuring 31,325 sqm belonging to Defence authorities is needed for construction of the Chennai projects, but its transfer to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is yet to be made.

Also, a decision is pending on finalising traffic circulation at the Channai airport.

A ministry official said today's meeting, also attended by senior NHAI officials, was intended to resolve these issues which are impeding the execution of Chennai projects.

Both the Defence Secretary and the AAI Chairman assured to consider the proposals for urgent transfer of land and traffic diversion arrangement for early completion of the projects.

The Defence Ministry had already agreed to accord approval for the transfer of the required land. Meanwhile, the 'enter upon permission' would be accorded at the St. Thomas Mount and Pallavaram Cantonment area by the Defence Ministry for construction of a flyover opposite teh Chennai airport and also at Kathipara Junction.

For shiting of an existing defence monument located at Kathipara Junction, Mr Singh urged the NHAI to construct the monument at the identified location and hand it over to the defence authorities.

For construction of a bus shelter near Tambaram municipality, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had requested Defence Minister A K Antony to earmark 25 acres of land.

The meeting was informed that the pedestrian subway at Trisulam opposite Chennai airport was almost complete and ready for inauguration. The subway would facilitate easy transfer of the passengers from Channai airport to Trisulam railway station.

The AAI Chairman agreed to the proposal for provision of a athway connecting the subway with the nearest internal road at the airport.

For construction of approaches to the airport flyover, AAI Chairman Ramalingam agreed to allow the NHAI to utilise the internal road of the AAI for traffic diversion purposes.


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