Ekanapuram and nearby residents are unhappy with the government’s proposal for the new airport.
Story so far: Last month, Chief Minister MK Stalin announced Chennai’s second airport will be at Parandur, near Sriperumbudur. It’ll have two runways, terminal buildings, taxiways, and a cargo terminal. Soon after, residents of the area and others nearby voiced their opposition.
- Most of Ekanapuram will need to be acquired, and around 800 houses will be destroyed. Some claim no officials came to visit and check with the residents.
- Despite the government’s offer of 3.5 times the market value as compensation, many are sceptical. In a public meeting, residents of 13 villages demanded additional compensation and employment.
Why the new airport? The state government claims the new airport will put Tamil Nadu on course to become a $1 trillion economy. It’s planning to acquire more than 4,500 acres for the airport.