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Protest increase in Proposed airport area of Chennai after heavy rains led to flooding 

Protests increase in Second airport area of Chennai after heavy rains led to flooding in many areas.

Chennai, Dec 14(BPNS)

The recent rains following the Cyclone Mandous effect has led to flooding in many areas in Parandur- the proposed site for the second airport in Chennai have led to the protest in the area against the proposed airport.

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation ( TIDCO) officials said that a high level technical committee will be constituted on the concerns regarding flooding and other issues raised by the villagers.

Sources in the TIDCO told BPNS  that experts from IIT Madras ,Anna University and Water Resources Department officials will conduct a detailed study on the issues raised by the villagers and to implement the project with minimal impact to the environment.

TIDCO which is the implementing agency of the project is also looking at ways to deepen and preserve the existing water bodies and also searching on the possibilities of superior

Mechanisms for storage of water .

Tamil Nadu industries minister Thangaman Thenarasu while speaking to media persons said that the government would look into all the concerns

raised by the public and added that only then will the project be implemented. He also said that several consultants are working on the project.

Meanwhile many farmers have raised concern on the second airport at Parandur in Kancheepuram district. Selvaraju , a farmer while speaking to BPNS said , “ Even before they commenced filing of lands , water levels have risen and if the lands are filled and paddy fields converted the problems we will have to face will be multiple .

Meanwhile environmental organizations have also joined the bandwagon against the proposed ariport at Parandur. C.

Rajeev , Director,Centre for Policy and Development Studies , a think tank based out of Chennai while speaking to BPNSsaid ,” Airports and development is required for a state but the point is all environmental aspects must be considered before such a massive project is implemented. The rains and subsequent water logging has led to a rethink on this.