Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy addressing mediapersons after a meeting of the State Cabinet in Thiruvananthapuram on January 10, 2013
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy addressing mediapersons after a meeting of the State Cabinet in Thiruvananthapuram on January 10, 2013
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Kerala government gives sanction for Aranmula airport in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, January 10, 2013

The Kerala government today gave formal sanction for the first private international greenfield airport project proposed to be built by KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd at Aranmula in the Pathanamthitta district of the state.

"They have already acquired all the necessary licenses from the Central Government. The state government only had to give a formal sanction," Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters after a meeting of the state Cabinet.
He said the state government would have 10 per cent share in the project and would have its representative on the Board of Directors of the company.
He said the state government would provide land for the project at market value.
Aranmula, a major pilgrimage centre is located about 130 km away from the Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi international airports.
It is about an hour's drive from the famous Sabarimala shrine. It is also the venue of a famous boat race on the Pampa river. It is also close to tourism destinations such as Kumarakom and Thekkady.
The airport is planned to be built on about 700 acres of land at a cost of about Rs 2000 crore. It will primarily serve the four districts of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Alappuzha, which account for significant percentages of the foreign and domestic tourists visiting Kerala. It also accounts for a significant proportion of the non-resident Keralites, especially in the Gulf countries.
KGS has interests in property development, construction, healthcare and infrastructure sectors. 
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