KERALA

Kannur airport project: Vajpayee urged to intervene

KANNUR, FEB. 26. The North Malabar Chamber of Commerce (NMCC) in a representation has sought the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's intervention to ensure the Central Cabinet sanction for the Kannur airport project.

The representation sent to the Prime Minister said that the Civil Aviation Ministry was understood to have placed its recommendations before the Cabinet after conducting the required study on the viability of the project. The project report had been prepared and submitted by the State Government. The president of the NMCC, K. Thrivikraman, said in the representation that the proposed airport would open up tremendous opportunities for business and trade activities of the region including exports of handloom, spices, marine products and wood-based products. The airport would also boost the tourism potential of the region, he said adding that it would also benefit the Ezhimala Naval Academy being set up here.

The representation said that the proposed airport would put no financial liability on the Central Government as it was proposed to be set up in the private sector, he said. The State Government had already acquired 200 acres of land for the project and the process of acquiring further 1,000 acres was in progress, the representation said.