Aranmula Airport Project to Go Ahead with Kerala Govt

Published on: 09 May, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Business News, Kerala Real Estate Updates

8 May 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Government on Wednesday said it would go ahead with the Chennai-based KGS group promoted Aranmula Airport project, notwithstanding the Parliamentary Standing Committee’s opposition to it. Chandy was reacting to the recommendation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee led by CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury to shelve the airport project holding that permission for the airport was obtained after violating rules.

“There is no change in the stand of the government, which has a 10 per cent stake in the project,” Chandy added.The panel in its report had said permission was granted for the airport after overlooking the rule that two airports within 150 kilometres are not accepted.

The airport is constructed by the KGS Group in Pathanamthitta district at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore. Initial investment was Rs 500 crore. Centre’s permission for the project was obtained on August 17 last year.In a statement, APGK chief patron Kumanam Rajasekhraran said Centre should not have accorded approval to a project that has violated land laws, environmental rules and moreover, not obtained environmental clearance.Clearance Certificates by the Pollution Control Board and EnviroCare (Private) were granted without assessing environmental impact, he alleged.

Source– http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/kerala-to-go-ahead-with-aranmula-airport/article4695996.ece

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