Thursday, December 06, 2018

As Kannur airport opens on Dec 9, former CM's wife recalls its journey

With the fourth international airport in Kerala at Kannur all set for inauguration on Sunday, widow of legendary communist and three-time Kerala Chief Minister E.K. Nayanar recalled how the airport project was conceived.

K.P. Sarada, speaking to a TV channel on Wednesday, said the idea of having the airport came when Nayanar told the then Civil Aviation Minister C.M. Ibrahim that it was time they thought of an airport.

Ibrahim was a minister in the I.K. Gujaral cabinet in 1997-98 and Nayanar was the Chief Minister.

"Once when Ibrahim came calling on Nayanar, he told Ibrahim that now that `you are the Civil Aviation minister and your wife`s house is at Kuthuparampu (about 25km from Kannur), you should seriously think of an airport in Kannur, so you can fly down to her house`," recalled Sarada.

Nayanar was known for his wit and humour.
From that day, successive governments in Kerala have been taking forward the dream project of an airport at Kannur. It will be a reality on Sunday (December 9) when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates it.

"I am eagerly waiting to fly from the new airport. I consider myself lucky that I have seen it become a reality," said Sarada.

The Rs 1,892-crore airport is located at Mattanur, about 16 km from Kannur, and is spread over 2,000 acres.
06/12/18 IANS/ZeeBiz

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