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Works on Sabarimala greenfield airport expected to begin this year

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The works on the proposed Sabarimala greenfield airport is expected to begin this year with Kerala government submitting all the required details before the Central agencies for site clearance and has scheduled to complete Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study within six months.

Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), the nodal agency for implementing the project, has submitted the Techno Economic Feasibility Report and master plan of the airport before the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI) for getting site clearance. “We expect the approval soon. We have completed the Geo Technical Study which has recommended the identified site at Cheruvally Estate near Erumeli as the perfect spot for constructing the airport,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said answering queries on the progress of the airport project in the assembly.

He said as per the project report prepared by Louis Berger International of the US, which was appointed as the consultant for the project, the proposed site is suitable for constructing a runway of 3500 metres and operations of Code-E category flights. “Once we get the site clearance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and complete the EIA, the works will be commenced,” said an officer with the KSIDC. The land acquisition process has already begun for acquiring 370 acres of land outside the estate. 

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