Kerala CM promises Sabarimala airport completion in time-bound manner

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the government was planning to implement the project in a timebound manner after including it in its priority list. This comes after the aviation regulator DGCA had raised certain issues about the proposed site for the Sabarimala international airport in Kerala, A preliminary feasibility report compiled by the consultant, Louis Berger Consulting Private Limited, had been submitted to the Civil Aviation Ministry, who, in turn, sought further details in this regard, he told the state Assembly. Both the techno-economic feasibility study and the environmental impact study of the airport project had been entrusted with the company.

Detailing the progress of the project, Pinarayi Vijayan said, the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation had been appointed as the nodal agency for land acquisition and DPR preparation for the construction of the airport.

The greenfield airport was proposed in Pathanamthitta district for the convenience of Sabarimala pilgrims and considering various criteria, the Malayalam Plantation, also known as Cheruvally Estate, was selected for the project, he said, adding that an in-principle nod was given by the government for the same in 2017.

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