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Green Tribunal lifts stay order on construction of Aranmula airport

Green Tribunal lifts stay order on construction of Aranmula airport

Chennai: The National Green Tribunal lifted the stay order on the construction of the Aranmula airport project on Tuesday.

The Chennai bench of the Tribunal rejected a plea by the Aranmula Heritage Village Protection Action Council and lifted its former stay-order on the airport project. The Council argued that the airport could harm the ‘heritage’ tag of the town.

The Tribunal also criticised the act of the Council of approaching it while there were three pleas pending at the High Court against the project.

Objecting the conversion of wet land and paddy fields in to industrial land the Tribunal had stayed the construction of the project until further orders earlier in April.

The order was a major setback to the project, in which the Kerala Government has a 15 per cent stake.

Aranmula has been declared as a global heritage village by the UNESCO. It is noted for its ancient Krishna temple, which is located on tip of the project site, and for handcrafted metal mirrors.

The Tribunal, which is based in Chennai, was set up in October 2010 for cases relating to environmental protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources.

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