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Airport’s privatisation proposal gets a push

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    Chennai may just be the first of the selected airports, officials of the Airports Authority of India and the civil aviation ministry, said.

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    Maintenance of Chennai airport has been far from satisfactory. A few days ago, some passengers were stung by bees that have built a hive on the premises. Photo: M. Srinath.

    Passengers say better maintenance of the premises would be welcome, as problems continue to dog the new domestic terminal.

    “One of the lifts was not working for an hour and there was water seepage near the X-ray machine and a passengers’ mobile phone became wet. The problem is, when the lift near the VIP lounge does not work, passengers are literally locked inside the lounge and have to watch their flights departing from the balcony. This is because the staircase near the VIP lounge is locked for security reasons. These are just a few of many problems, and there is a pressing need to privatise this airport now,” he said.

    An AAI official admitted that water seepage inside the new domestic terminal had turned into a persistent issue for passengers, especially after this week’s rains.