Village Action Council will disrupt the Aranmula airport construction work says Kummanam
16/01/2013 10:28:15  business-standard.com



Construction work for a proposed airport at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district by a private group has run into trouble with the local Village Action Council announcing that it would disrupt any such work.

Aranmula, which had been declared as a heritage village by the Centre and United Nations Development Programme, would cease to exist if the project came up, The Aranmula Heritage Village Action Council patron Kummanam Rajasekharan said.

He claimed that the plan of the KGS group, promoters of the private airport project, was to develop an aerotropolis centring the airport for which at least 3,000 acres would be required.

"This will not be allowed by people of Aranmula. We will disrupt the construction work if it is started this month as announced by KGS group," Rajasekharan said, adding the construction would sound the death-knell for the culture and heritage of the ancient village.
He alleged the state government had acted in haste to accord sanction to the project.

As per an RTI reply the Council had received, the Centre had not yet given 'in-principle' approval to the airport project. No environmental impact study was conducted by any government agency and the objections raised by Assembly committee on environment was overlooked, he said.

The reports prepared by the company's own consultants were taken as the final word, he alleged.

Rajasekharan said the people had no other way but to resort to a confrontationist approach if the work starts this month.

All those opposed to the project would be brought together and a meeting would soon be convened to chalk out future course of action.

Any construction work would be disrupted with the support of all parties against the 'anti-people' project, he added.

He challenged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to reveal the clearance obtained by the KGS company from the Centre and announce the area of land demarcated for the project.

The state government had last week given sanction for the project and decided to hold 10 per cent shares in the company to be formed for the airport.


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JACOB CHACKO
02/02/2013 03:04:51
ARANMULA AIRPORT PROJECT
NOBODY CAN BELIEVE THAT AN AIRPORT PROJECT WILL DAMAGE THE HERITAGE OF ARANMULA, INSTEAD IT WILL ONLY HELP THE GROWTH OF TOURISM. ALSO IT WILL BE HELPFUL FOR PEOPLE FROM OTHER STATES OF INDIA TO VISIT SABARIMALA TEMPLE. KERALA IS HAVING A POST-OFFICE ECONOMY, MOST OF THE KERALA YOUNGSTERS WORKS EITHER OUTSIDE KERALA OR OVERSEAS.

AS A GULF MALAYALEE, I WISH TO PROJECT TO START IMMEDIATELY AND THIS WILL CATER THE WAY FOR THE GROWTH OF THE CENTRAL TRAVANCORE.
anil tom
18/01/2013 10:41:54
Fight against Aranmula airport
I agree to Venu and Vijayalakshmi. Awake Kerala, fight against this project regardless of religion.
Omindian
18/01/2013 04:27:54
Smuggling to Europe
Containers of smuggled and counterfeits (incl. currency) are transitting thru' the Kochi container terminal & Airport to Gulf nations (both run by Gulf malayalees and Dubai Port). The same is going to happen in Aramulla airport, but to Europe and USA, because it will be an Achayan Airport.
Vijayalakshmi
17/01/2013 11:56:18
Controversial project in Aranmula.
This project should not be allowed to start.It is against the interest of the majority of the people.How can the State Govt act in this arbitrary manner, when Aranmula is renowned for its ecology and cultural heritage?The Aranmula boat race is famous and attracts tourists from all over the world. On what basis was the contract given to the private party?And how can they acquire 3000 acres of land just like that?Like Kummanam Rajasekharanji said, why weren't environmental studies done and the Centre's clearance obtained before giving the green signal for the construction? Don't the local people matter? I am sure there is something fishy there!
Venu
17/01/2013 01:42:58
Conspiracy against the Heritage and cultural values
This is a direct attack on the peace loving people of Aranmula Heritage Village. There is an underlying conspiracy by some vested real estate groups conniving with some central and state govt. officials and money minded politicians to grab the land of the poor Hindus which should not be tolerated at any cost. The Boat Race, Sree Thiru Aranmula Temple and the heritage of this beautiful village will be destroyed by this action. There is already shortage of drinking and irrigation water to people and farms, which will get aggravated. As such not only the people of the region but also the whole of Kerala should stand up against this project which is not serving any purpose to the people of Kerala at large and to the people of Aranmula in particular. Arise, Awake and not stop till the goal is achieved!!!
"He who defends everything defends nothing"

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