• Ramp to airport not to be demolished

    The government has decided not to demolish the 430-metre ramp that was constructed by the State without nod from the NHAI to provide connectivity from the NH 66 Kazhakuttam-Karode bypass to the terminal II of the international airport.

    The decision is based on a report submitted by the Chennai-based transport planner N.S. Sreenivasan, who was roped in to offer suggestions to provide hassle-free connectivity to the airport from the bypass, which is being widened. His expertise was sought as the NHAI and the AAI failed to arrive at a consensus on the design for connectivity.

    A 8.5-metre wide flyover has been proposed by Dr. Sreenivasan along the Enchakkal-Chakka corridor for the movement of the vehicles along the bypass. Vehicles coming to the airport via the carriageway will turn from beneath the flyover to enter the ramp that will be suitably modified. The exit will be through the other ramp to the carriageway. There will be service roads.

    The report was presented by Dr. Sreenivasan at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S. M. Vijayanand on Friday. While the Airport Director, George G. Tharakan favoured the proposal, the NHAI Project Director R. Venkatkrishnan pointed out that it cannot be made part of the existing EPC contract as over Rs. 150 crore would be needed for the flyover. Moreover, it was pointed out that the design of the flyover would need the clearance of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and additional funds would have to be managed. Adarius Glanton Womens Jersey

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