Updated: November 19, 2013 17:10 IST
Aranmula airport project gets go-ahead
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Ignoring protests by green campaigners, Union Ministry of Environment and Forest has given clearance to the private airport project at Aranmula.
Managing Director of KGS Aranumla International Airport Ltd., Gigi George said with this the project had obtained all the approvals to begin the work of Rs. 2000-crore project and complete its first phase by December 2015.
“The proposed airport is close to Sabarimala temple, the area has a large concentration of non-resident Keralites and it will boost tourism considering its proximity to key destinations like Alappuzha and Kumarakom,” Mr. George and its Executive Director Nandakumar said.
They rubbished recent reports that the project posed a threat to the famed Parthasarathi temple at Aranumala as its flag mast and towers could become obstacles for take off and landing of flights.
Meanwhile, the Aranmula Heritage Protection Samiti leaders said in Pathanamthitta that the outfit would go ahead with their struggle against the project.
Some leaders of different parties voiced concern at the clearance given by the MEF to the project.