The government on Thursday said it will set up a special group for improving passengers facilities and maintenance at the AAI-run Chennai airport, which has seen a series of incidents of collapse of glass panels, granite slabs and false ceiling in the last couple of years.
The decision was taken following an inspection of the airport by a team of officials recently, which also suggested some changes, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.
"JS MOCA (Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation) and chairman (of) AAI have inspected Chennai Airport; suggested changes. Spl group to be set up for improving facilities and maintenance," Raju said in a tweet.
The government-run Chennai airport was upgraded and modernised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in 2013 at an investment of over Rs 2,000 crore.
Raju had recently ordered senior ministry and AAI officials to carry out an inspection of the airport and fix the maintenance issues at the earliest.
The airport is facing multitude of problems both relating to structural as well as maintenance since its inauguration in 2013.
Last month alone, three incidents of a portion of false ceiling crashing down were reported at the airport.
One of the busiest airports in the country after Delhi and Mumbai, Chennai airport flew 6.4 per cent more passengers at 1,52,18,017 in the previous fiscal over FY15.