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MoEF gives final nod for Aranmula airport

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has given its final approval for the airport project at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta.

In an order issued on Monday, the Ministry gave the final approval for the airport with certain conditions.

Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry’s order has invited criticism from environmental activists. They condemned the order saying that the Ministry took the decision arbitrarily without studying the environmental consequences of the project.

Congress leader V.M Sudheeran responded to the Ministry’s order terming as unfortunate.

The controversial project faces strong protest from environmentalists and local people as well as the opposition parties in Kerala.

The airport is being built at a cost of Rs.2, 000 crore, about 110 km from the state capital on 500 acres of land. It is 30 km from the famed Sabarimala temple.

It is the country’s first private international airport and is promoted by Chennai-based KGS Group, which has interests in diversified fields, including infrastructure, paper and engineering.

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