Kerala Legislators Seeks PM For Aranmula Airport Project

Published on: 16 Jul, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Travel News, Politics News Kerala

15 July 2013

Aranmula Airport Project by KGS Group is going to be the first private international airport in the country which will be based near famous Sabarimala Temple about 75 Km from here. But More than a half of Kerala legislators , including six of the ruling United Democratic Front, have petitioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the controversial airport in its tracks.

In a memorandum, 72 of Kerala’s 141 MLAs complained that the airport, being built by the Chennai-based KGS group and supported by the UDF Government, would damage the environment, destruct vast stretches of wetland, and take the gloss off the heritage village of Aranmula, home to the famed Parthasarathy Temple. The new airport would also fly in the face of a number laws made to protect the wetlands, paddy fields and water sources, the opponents claim.

K. Muraleedharan, son of the late Congress strongman K. Karunakaran, has said he would be the “73{+r}{+d} MLA” to add muscle to the demand for scrapping the airport project, though he had not signed the petition. Muraleedharan is now a key member of a faction in the Congress that is pitted against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s faction.


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