The Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad has raised apprehensions about the proposed seaplane project and demanded the government to drop the project.

A resolution passed at the district conference of the KSSP noted that the seaplane transport service linking major tourist destinations, the first of its kind in the country for tourism, would lead to the degradation of the Vembanad lake.

According to leaders of the organisation, the water body has already been threatened by various tourism projects.

The biodiversity and ecological balance of the lake must be maintained at all costs, they said.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and feasibility study would have to be conducted to determine the possible consequences of the project.

The government and implementing agency had not taken up any such initiatives, they said. A Right to Information Act query on whether such measures had been taken has not yet been answered, they claimed.

The runway for the project would alone require an area of 2,500 feet length and 800 feet width at the Punnamada lake. More area would be required for the other related purposes. Such activities would ultimately congest the lake.

The State government has identified seven locations for launch of the project.

The conference which concluded here on Sunday elected new office-bearers to the district committee. They are R. Sanalkumar (president), N. Gopalakrishnan, K. Thankappan (vice presidents), T.U. Surendran (secretary), T.G. Premnath, K.R. Sugathan (joint secretaries) and K.R. Rajan (treasurer).

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