India: Coast Guard Air Station Likely to be Shifted to Ulundurpet from Chennai

by OldSailor on November 14, 2009


Ulundurpet Indian Coast Guard Air Station (ICGAS) Chennai is operating from Meenambakkam airport. ICGAS Chennai was Commissioned in April 1991 to provide administrative and logistic support to the Dornier Squadron i.e. 744 SQN(CG) and thereafter to operate Helicopter Squadron 848 SQN (CG) from August 1993. It is spread over 26.26 acres of land adjoining the Officers Training Academy at St Thomas Mount.

Now to avoid congestion in future at Chennai airport, Coast Guard is planning to shift their air station to Ulundurpet, located 175 km from Chennai on the National Highway 45.

It is not clear whether Coast Guard has taken into consideration, the proposal by the government to set up a second airport as a green field airport at Sriperumbudur, off Chennai City in an area of 4,820.66 acres. When the proposed airport comes up at Sriperumbudur, is there going to be congestion in Meenambakkam for Coast Guard Air Station to operate from Meenambakkam ?

Read more from The Times of India and The Hindu.

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