Thursday, June 13, 2019

Kerala: Believers Church decides not to give land for Sabarimala airport, says ‘facing internal pressure’

New Delhi: In a major U-turn, the Believers Church has decided not to allocate its land in Cheruvally estate to the state government for the construction of an airport in Pathanamthitta near Sabarimala.

It is being alleged that the main agenda to open the airport is to keep the temple nada (complex/cluster) open on a daily basis. Now, the issue is expected to be taken up in the Bishop Council meeting set to be held later this month.
Earlier, the Left government had proposed to construct an airport at Pathanamthitta for the benefit of devotees.

Believers Church further claimed that they are facing immense pressure from a section within their diocese against giving the land for airport construction to the Kerala government.

In 2016, Chief Minister Vijayan plans to make Sabarimala an international tourist destination and had suggested that it should be opened 365 days in a year.

Sabarimala issue exploded when the Supreme Court paved the way for the entry of women into the temple. However, the RSS and the BJP opposed the move saying there was a need to save the Sabarimala temple traditions.
13/06/19 Times Now News

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