Chennai Airport’s new car park awaits mandatory permits

Although the construction of a multi-level car park at Chennai Airport has been completed, air passengers have to wait as the facility is awaiting some major clearances.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials have said that some mandatory approvals are required before the parking space is opened to the public. The AAI hopes to obtain the fire safety certificate by the end of this week. “The inspection is complete and we have complied with their recommendations,” an official said.

Consent To Establishment and Consent To Operate certificates must be obtained from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and approved by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). “We should obtain these authorizations within two weeks. We hope to inaugurate the car park by the end of September,” the manager said.

Changing traffic flow

During the commissioning of this installation, circulation within the airport premises will be modified. Sources said enough signage needs to be installed to give clear instructions to passengers.

The ₹250 crore car park built on a space of 4.25 acres of land has east and west wings – each with six levels – which together can accommodate 2,100 cars compared to 1,200 now. It will also be a commercial hub for neighborhood residents and transit passengers. Five movie screens, retail outlets, children’s engagement stores and food courts will eventually pop up in the east wing of the parking lot over the next few months.

AAI plans to improve the appearance of the existing parking lot after the opening of this facility.

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