TN seeks the center’s collaboration to clear the decks in upgrading 4 airports across the state


Chennai, November 16 (PTI): The government of Tamil Nadu has urged the center to overcome the hurdles in expanding four of the state’s airports and Madurai Airport after the land was acquired and handed over to the airport authority. declared to be an international airport India.

State Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, who attended the Conference of Prime Ministers and State Finance Ministers chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday, asked the center to formulate a data exchange protocol that would allow states to access data such as income tax, ADHAAR, Covid, among others.

“The minister sought the cooperation of the center to remove the bottlenecks in the expansion of four major airports – Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Tuticorin,” said an official statement here.

Rajan told Sitharaman at the virtual mode meeting that the land acquisition and transfer of Madurai Airport to the Airports Authority of India was complete and urged the center to declare it to the international airport soon for more trade and flights to the Enable region.

The finance minister called on the Union government to formulate a data exchange protocol that would give states access to data such as income tax, Covid-19 and AADHAR, among other things, to complement states’ efforts towards data-driven administration.

He said the center’s recent cut in gasoline and diesel prices has provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conduct a case study to analyze the impact of prices on the elasticity of demand and supply, as well as growth in general.

Rajan called on the government to ensure an adequate and continuous supply of coal and to help access the supplies of the Chandrabila coal block in Odisha.

He highlighted the state’s wind energy potential and urged Sitharaman to formulate a viable offshore wind development policy to give renewable energy a boost.

He said that the VO Chidambaranar port in Tuticorin has the potential to become a transshipment point and that a master plan for expanding the port with an outer port project could be initiated soon. Rajan said Tamil Nadu’s economy had been resilient despite the pandemic, informing Sitharaman that Prime Minister MK Stalin had run two investment conclaves in which companies will invest Rs 21.021 billion from one lakh jobs.

The finance minister called on the center to announce a major resuscitation package in support of micro, small and medium-sized businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

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