Pathanamthitta: The KGS Aranmula International Airport company is keen to have the de-notification of extra land at Aranmula which is outside the limits of the airport land. According to a statement from the company, they have no interest in having land outside the airport project site notified as an industrial area.
The company had given a written request to the Industry ministry to de-notify land that was in excess of the requirements of the airport project. This was done following the all-party meeting called by the Pathanamthitta District Collector to discuss the airport issue, following apprehensions from a section of local public.
P T Nandakumar, Executive Director, KGS Aranmula International Airport said, “We understand that delays in processing the request by various government departments have led to the lag in an official sanction for de-notifying the land outside the airport project limits. We have also followed up with the local MP and MLA to expedite the matter, and both have offered all support in ensuring that the de-notification order is issued at the earliest. We hope the different government departments involved in the matter will process the request at the earliest, enabling the Industries Department to formalize the de-notification order”.
According to a statement, the reports about likely eviction of people for the airport project are baseless. On the contrary, the international airport project will bring considerable benefits to the district in terms of jobs, as well as a boost to its pilgrimage, tourism and commerce, besides being a blessing for tens of thousands of NRIs from the Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Alappuzha and Kollam districts.
The Aranmula international airport is India’s first private Greenfield airport. The Rs.2,000 crore airport project is being implemented by the KGS Group, which has interests in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, engineering, property development and paper. A team from the Airports Authority of India visited the site of the airports and gave full clearance for the project.
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