The previous LDF government, especially Industries Minister Elamaram Karim, had taken interest in KGS Aranmula International Airport Limited and gave in-principle clearance for the project, said Giji George, managing director of the Chennai-based KGS Group.

He said Mr. Karim and the then Industries secretary T. Balakrishnan had taken the initiative to notify 500 acres in and around Aranmula as industrial area.

Mr. George, accompanied by P.T. Nandakumar, executive director, and Joe Scaria, communications manager, was addressing mediapersons at the Press Club here on Friday. He said it was former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan who had given in-principle clearance for the project and Mr. Karim had directed Mr. Balakrishnan to take steps to speed it up on December 14, 2010.

Mr. George said the UDF government too had extended support to the project. He said there was a proposal to give three per cent stake to Kinfra in the Aranmula project during the term of the LDF government. Mr. George admitted flaws in giving survey numbers of the land for the industrial area notification due to the undue haste of the government for clearing the project before the Assembly elections.

No clearance

When asked whether the project required clearance from the State, Mr. George said it required no such clearance. The Chief Minister’s press briefing was on the Cabinet decision to take 10 per cent equity in the airport company.

Mr. George said the site of the airport project did not house any place of worship. Seven hundred acres was needed for the first phase of the airport and the company had 458 acres with it. He said the State had decided to sell the government land under the project area to the company at the prevailing market price.

No stake had been given to any foreign company, and the Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad was just the project’s technical and strategic partner.

Aeropolis

Mr. George said the company would also develop an aeropolis attached to the airport along with a SEZ, multi-specialty hospital, shopping mall, star hotels, an international school, etc.

The runway length would be 3100 x 45 metres and the terminal building would be able to handle 1,000 passengers. Once finished, the project would be a boon to Sabarimala pilgrims, he added.


  • Says project requires no clearance from State

  • ‘No stake to any foreign company’


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