450 hectares identified at Anakkara

With the district administration submitting a feasibility report to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), the prospects of the proposed greenfield airport at Anakkara in Idukki district have become brighter.

Senior officials of the district administration submitted the report to AAI officials at Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

The proposed airport will be a boost to the tourism sector in the district. “It will promote the tourism sector which is on a fast phase of growth in the district,'' District Collector M.C. Mohandas toldThe Hindu on Tuesday.

Anakkara is just 15 km from Thekkady and 85 km from Munnar on the main route connecting the two tourism destinations. Even if 10 per cent of the tourists reaching these destinations used the airport, it would be a success, the collector said.

The State government had identified 450 hectares of land for the airport and a feasibility study by the AAI in 2009 found the area ideal for the airport.

Now the clearance of the Defence Ministry and the demarcation report of the Civil Aviation Ministry are needed. In the changed political climate, it is expected that the green signal for the project will be given soon.

A senior official who attended the meeting with AAI officials said that a report on the cost aspects of the airport project would be submitted by the State government.

Two hills, Poovinchimala and Sankurundampara, will have to be to be levelled for the project. The land identified is used for paddy cultivation. Since the area is scarcely populated, only a few families will have to be rehabilitated.

The cost of clearing the area and constructing approach roads will also be minimal as the two main roads in the area can be linked to the approach road.

The airport will also help in promoting domestic tourism to areas like Ramakkalmedu and Wagamon, and the spice sector as it is near to the main cardamom cultivating areas.

Survey map

The survey map prepared by the Geological Survey of India and the technical provision for clearance were submitted to the AAI officials after detailed discussion on the project report, said the official.

About 350 acres of paddy fields earmarked for setting up a housing colony and the land owned by a few private parties will be utilised for the airport, official sources said. Land is available from Kurivikkattupara to Pampupara and only a few families have to be rehabilitated in connection with the project.

The climatic and geographic conditions in Anakkara and availability of land without much buildings or other structures and minimum deforestation are other factors considered by an expert team of the AAI that had visited the area.

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