Airport Authority of India (AAI) AGM Keerthirajan and officials from the State Highways Wing have undertaken a joint inspection of the Vellore airport to lay the diversion road prior to closing the Abdullapuram-Asanambut road.
Sources said that the inspection resulted in the alignment of the proposed road being changed suitably and that the onus was now on the Highways Department to complete the road at the earliest.
Once the diversion road is completed, then the Abdullapuram-Asanambut road, which cuts through the airport splitting the runway and the terminal building on either side, will be closed and handed over to the AAI for completion of the runway apron which abuts the terminal building.
However, a new glitch arose as to who was to pay for the proposed diversion road. Sources revealed that the Highways officials demanded that the AAI bear the expenses, whereas the AAI officials clarified their guidelines did not permit such expenditure.
The payment issue would crop up only after completion of the road when the issue would be taken up with the AAI top brass in New Delhi, the sources added.
Asked whether any airlines had expressed interest in operating flights between Vellore and Chennai, following reports that major airlines lacked seats, the AAI officials said this could be decided only after the airport was ready for air services.