Saturday, July 22, 2017

KSSP opposes airport on Cheruvally estate

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) has urged the government to reconsider the Cabinet decision to set up the Sabarimala greenfield international airport on the Cheruvally estate at Kanjirappally taluk in Kottayam district.

The proposed site for the fifth international airport of the State, aimed at making travel hassle-free for Sabarimala pilgrims and those in Central Travancore, is within the Periyar Tiger Reserve and any future development for Sabarimala should be on the basis of proper scientific and comprehensive master plan, said KSSP president T. Gangadharan and general secretary T.K. Meerbahi on Friday.

The significance and need of an international airport, 48 km away from Sabarimala, for the hill temple needs to be scrutinised as the nearest airport is just 110 km away, the KSSP leaders said. The move to construct the fifth international airport in the name of catering to the needs of Sabarimala pilgrims was not aimed at protecting the interests of ordinary citizens, the KSSP said.

Any future development for Sabarimala should be executed after holding discussions with all sections of people and on the basis of the master plan being worked out in consultation with scientists, devotees, Adivasis, development experts, environmentalists, and others.
21/07/17 The Hindu