Aranmula: KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd., which is developing India’s first private Greenfield International airport in India at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta District, has received all clearances for the project. A team from the Airports Authority of India had visited the site of the airport recently and given full clearance for the project. This was announced today at a press conference.
Interacting with the media, P T Nandakumar, Executive Director, KGS Aranmula International Airport said, “The Aranmula Airport project is expected to offer a significant development boost not only to Aranmula and Pathanamthitta district, but also to the entire region, as a range of ancillary services will be triggered by the airport project. Importantly, hundreds of jobs will also be generated in the entire region.”
The Rs 2,000-crore airport project which will come up on about 500 acres of land, is being implemented by the KGS Group, which has interests in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, engineering, property development and paper. The Reliance group, one of India’s leading business conglomerates, has 15% stake in KGS Group.
The Company also clarified that some of the recent protests in connection with the airport have been based on rumours. There was a local hartal to protest the inclusion of KGS Aranmula Airport project in the recent Emerging Kerala meet. The project was, in fact, not included in the Emerging Kerala investment meet.
The KGS Group is committed to preserving the valued heritage of Aranmula, which has been selected as one of 32 villages by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for implementation of the Endogenous Tourism Project. The Company also observed that consensus is emerging among political parties in the state, regarding overall economic development of the Aranmula area. The airport project does not involve displacement of any families, and land for the project has already been acquired. Fears on these grounds are completely unfounded.
The proposed airport’s operation will be done by the Dubai based Emirates Group and will be able to cater Airbus A-320 / Boeing 747 like aircrafts. The terminal building is designed to handle 1,000 passengers at a time.
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