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Chennai airport to have better road access soon

Driving in and out of the airport could be hassle free soon, with Airports Authority of India (AAI) planning to introduce a new traffic pattern for cars in a month. Those driving into the airport may not have to worry about getting stuck in congestion and pay parking fees if they do not drive out in 10 minutes.

As per the new plan, the vehicles that come to domestic and international departures will enter the airport using two entries and will be routed via two new ramps that connect to the flyover in front of the terminals.

“We are planning to implement the new traffic pattern in a month. There will be meetings with the police and the CISF to familiarise them about the changes in the coming days,” airport director G Chandramouli said.

The move was part of the original airport expansion plan and the ramps that link the road to the flyover in front of the terminals were ready a few months ago, but AAI wanted to wait till the metro station was completed and train services started.

Sources said the new system will prevent vehicle congestion which is usual in the early mor nings and late nights on the city side of the airport.

“The cars heading in now have to go past the domestic and international departure terminals on the flyover after dropping passengers to exit the airport. This leads to congestion and argument at the checkpoints where drivers are supposed to pay parking fees if they do not leave in less than 10 minutes,” the source said.

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