Chairman of the Kozhencherry-based Mount Zion Trust K.G. Abraham Kalamannil has said it was P.T. Nandakumar, executive director of KGS Aranmula International Greenfield Airport Limited, who had claimed that a Delhi lobby was behind the airport project.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Kalamannil said the proposed Aranmula airport should be brought under the ownership of the government on the lines of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL).

He said he had sold the land at Aranmula to the KGS Group on an understanding that both the KGS and Mount Zion Trust would be having a shareholding of 30 per cent each, with the government holding the majority stake of 40 per cent in the airport company.

‘No majority stake’

Mr. Kalamannil said 250 acres of land worth Rs.250 crore was sold to the KGS Group for Rs.52 crore and of this, only Rs.22 crore had been received so far.

He said if the government failed to have a majority stake in the project, giving an upper hand to the private sector, the heritage village of Aranmula would become a smugglers’ haven.

He said his vision of the project was one that would never affect the heritage village. However, the KGS Group had sabotaged the entire project, he alleged.