Monday, August 07, 2017

Sabarimala Airport: Ker Govt to identify consultant for feasibility study

Thiruvananthapuram: Moving a step forward for the ambitious Sabarimala airport project, Kerala government today said that the process of identifying a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for the greenfield airport is on.

The airport, planned in the 2,263 acre Cheruvally estate about 48 km away from the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple, has been a long felt need of lakhs of pilgrims, who throng the hillock shrine annually.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a written reply in the state assembly, said that the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, which has been entrusted with the task of identifying the consultant, submitted a recommendation in this regard.

"KSIDC had invited Expression of Interest and submitted a recommendation to the government after completing the necessary procedures. We are examining this," Vijayan said.

The Chief Minister also made it clear that the government is yet to begin the land acquisition procedures for the proposed project.

A dispute regarding the ownership of Cheruvally Estate is now under the consideration of the Kerala High Court, he said adding that as per the revenue records the property is government land.
07/08/17 PTI