Kerala: New airport to be built near Sabarimala

The airport, which would come up on 2,263-acres of Cheruvalli estate, is expected to give air connectivity to pilgrims of Sabarimala temple, which is 48 km away from the proposed project site

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: July 20, 2017 4:21 am
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The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to construct the state’s fifth green-field airport at Erumeli in Kottayam district. The airport, which would come up on 2,263-acres of Cheruvalli estate, is expected to give air connectivity to pilgrims of Sabarimala temple, which is 48 km away from the proposed project site. Every year, about 3 crore pilgrims from South Indian states visit the hill shrine during the two-month festival season.

An official communication after a cabinet meeting said that the government has selected Cheruvalli estate for the airport project, based on the recommendations of a four-member committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary P H Kurian. The idea for a new airport project in Kerala stemmed from the realisation that the proposed Aranmula airport project in Pathanamthitta failed to take off.

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    Anil
    Jul 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    This is a much needed airport. People in this area are mostly NRIs. They all depend on Cochin airport at present, which is at least 2 hours by road. Besides, many upper class pilgrims visit sabrimala temple. It is indeed a boon for tourism also.
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      BK Nair
      Jul 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm
      It will be the right place for the proposed airport at Erumeli Cheruvally Estate. It will be a boon the people of Kottayam district as a whole, Pathanamthitta district complete and some portion of Alleppey Dist. It will even be a better airport than the present Kochi airport
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        ramesh
        Jul 21, 2017 at 3:45 am
        iditots, don't spoil the prestine western ghats with another airport.Do you the damage it will do to the eco system.Refrain from doing so
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          Jim
          Jul 21, 2017 at 9:01 am
          People in central travancore - kottayam pathnamthitta are very much need of an airport as most of the population there comprises of NRIs .Moreover its going to be constructed on rubber plantation lands.
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