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Didn’t give approval for filling up of land at Aranmula: Chandy

Didn’t give approval for filling up of land at Aranmula: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Saturday denied the allegations saying that the UDF government did not give any approval for filling up a single inch of land for the airport project at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta.

“The in-principle approval for the project was given during the tenure of the previous LDF government,” the Chief Minister told reporters here.

The State government on Friday caught up in a controversy after reports that it had concealed the promoters of Aranmula airport had filled a large swathe of wetland in a report submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Following the controversy, the Chief Minister’s office had come up with an explanation that no facts were concealed from anyone.

"It has been mentioned in the report that the promoters have pointed out that the land was filled up by their predecessors and not by them. Also, much before the Centre sought the remarks from the state, the Expert Appraisal Committee under the MoEF had taken into consideration the fact that the land was filled," a statement from the Chief Minister's office had said.

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