19 July, 2017
The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for construction of an airport at Cheruvally rubber estate, about 48 km from the famed Sabarimala temple. Once commissioned, this would be the fifth worldwide airport in the State.
The site for the much-talked about and long-delayed Sabarimala airport was identified by a state government committee. The Minister assured Vijayan that a preliminary no-objection certificate for the airport would be given once the land for the project was identified. According to Manoramaonline, the airport - which will facilitate travel for Sabarimala pilgrims - will be constructed on 2,263 acres of land at the Cheruvally Estate of Harrisons Plantations in Erumaley.
The committee had recommended Cheruvally estate, which was accepted by the state cabinet that met today, a government release said. Earlier, an airport was planned to be built at Aranmula, but had to be stalled following resistance from environmental activists.
The land is near two National Highways and five PWD roads.
The greenfield airport will be located at Kanjirappally Taluk in Kottayam district and cater to lakhs of devotees who visit the famous hill shrine.
Besides catering to the needs of the flyers in Central Travancore, the airport is expected to reduce the heavy traffic on the roads leading to Sabarimala during the pilgrim season. Armed with the AECOM report, the GIA had approached the Chief Minister in December last seeking in-principle approval for the aeropolis.
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