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Govt concealed facts favoring KGS Group for Aranmula airport

Govt concealed facts favoring KGS Group for Aranmula airport

Thiruvananthapuram: In what seems to be a major blow to the UDF government in the State, it has been revealed that the Congress-led government concealed misdeeds of Chennai-based KGS Group, the promoters of the the proposed Aranmula airport, to get environmental clearance for the project.

In a report submitted to the central Ministry of Environment and Forests, the government concealed the facts that the KGS Group had leveled wetlands and paddy fields on the site for the airport, media outfits reported on Friday.

The state environment ministry submitted the report to the centre with the knowledge of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Industries Minister P K Kunjalikutty.

The principal secretary of the State's environment ministry had earlier mentioned in the report that paddy fields were leveled on the site. However, the statement was removed from the file by the time it went through the Chief Minister and the Industries Minister.

Reacting to the allegation, minister P K Kunjalikutty said that his ministry had not handled matters related to wetlands and paddy fields.

What the Industries Ministry considered was only the re-notification of the land, he said.

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