Renowned Malayalam poet and social activist, Sugathakumari, has called upon the Centre to cancel whatever clearances it had given for setting up a private Greenfield airport at Aranmula that required conversion of a vast expanse of paddy fields, wetland and demolition of hills.

Ms. Sugathakumari was addressing a march staged by the People’s Joint Action Council to the post office at Aranmula for sending a mass memorandum to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday.

She claimed that 72 of the 140 members of the State Legislature, including six UDF MLAs, have signed the memorandum.

The poet said the proposed project would be a bane to the heritage village of Aranmula as it would lead to destruction of the age-old agrarian culture and tradition and not to speak of the hazardous socio-environmental implications in store. She said the Aranmula Puncha (paddy land) has been the riparian flood plain area of river Pampa and implementation of the airport project would lead to the river’s death. She alleged that the State government has been supporting the project.