Monday, July 24, 2017

Believers Church knew of Sabarimala airport coming up near Cheruvally estate

Thiruvananthapuram: Was Cheruvally estate selected much earlier for the Sabarimala Airport or was it recently identified by the four-member panel headed by the Revenue Secretary? Though the government had entrusted a three-member team to identify the site for the airport this year, the Believers Church is learned to have known about it much earlier.
The Believers Church, possessing the estate, had submitted before the High Court in 2016 there was a proposal by the state government to establish an airport nearby. The submission is mentioned in the order (which is with Express) by the then Chief Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar in the case related to removing trees in Cheruvally estate for drawing a power line from Kanjirappally to the proposed Erumely sub station.
Soon after the government announced the decision, the Congress and BJP came out with strong protests. Some Congress leaders alleged there was an understanding for choosing Cheruvally estate.

They raised the million-dollar question - even before a committee was constituted to identify the land, how could the Believers Church know about it and mention it in 2016? Former Revenue Minister and Congress leader Adoor Prakash said the decision to choose Cheruvally estate for the proposed project was steeped in mystery.
24/07/17 Prabhat Nair/New Indian Express