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Old February 17th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #321
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Its becoming clear with the people in the region.We need Development and fast, not Mosquitoes and leaches in the area. We need to see the land used into a useful and developed into an airport.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 04:11 PM   #322
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Anti-Airport Anti-Development And Anti- Everything people may stop the daily protests due to low turnout and less support from the public.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 04:41 PM   #323
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Aranmula project site no wetland: State in green tribunal
TNN | Feb 18, 2014, 04.15 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has claimed that the proposed Aranmula airport would not be coming up on a wetland. In a counter affidavit filed at the Chennai bench of National Green Tribunal in the case challenging environmental clearance for the project, the environment department says the project area didn't figure in the wetland map prepared for the purpose of Wetland Conservation Rules 2010.

The affidavit filed by additional secretary G Rajeev on February 7, challenging the arguments of Aranmula native Sreeranganathan K P and others, however, admits that swatches of paddy fields had been filled for construction activities.

It argues that the project site had been a paddy field years ago but is a waterlogged property now. "A portion thereof has been reclaimed during the pre-2008 period when the Kerala Paddy land and Wet land Conservation Act - 2008 was not there. The principal agriculture officer, Pathanamthitta, has reported that the due to increased seepage from Pamba irrigation canal, there is permanent waterlogging in the paddy fields of Aranmula, Kidangannoor and Mezhuveli villages, resulting in them becoming unfit for cultivation," it says.

The affidavit also refutes the claim by the appellant that there are endemic species in the area. "The Kerala Biodiversity Board has reported that there are no endemic species in this area. The board has also proposed mitigatory measures to take care of probable ecosystem impacts," it says.

The affidavit notes that a detailed study by empowered committees had been conducted for over two years and the report recommending environmental clearance was finalised after going through all processes stipulated by law.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 04:47 PM   #324
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Aranmula temple won't be affected by airport project: KGS group
TNN | Dec 19, 2013, 04.47 AM IST

KOCHI: The KGS Group, promoters of Aranmula airport, submitted to the high court on Wednesday that the airport project would not affect the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.

An affidavit filed by KGS Aranmula International Airport executive director Nanda Kumar P T said the report of Travancore Devaswom ombudsman that the temple would be affected was misconceived. The gold mast of the temple is not on the proposed flight path and the threshold of the runway, which are markings across the runway to denote the beginning of the designated landing space, would be around one kilometre away from the temple boundary, the court was informed.

It was reported by the ombudsman that the airport project could not become operational without reducing the height of the temple mast and altering the structure of the temple's entry door.

S Subhash Chand, appointed as advocate commissioner by the court, had pointed out that the height of the temple's mast and the dimensions of the temple are correlated. This means the height of the mast cannot be reduced without changing the dimensions of the temple structure.

"It is submitted that the ombudsman without ascertaining the truth of the news item and without giving the petitioner an opportunity to explain the truth, submitted the report as if the report of Kitco was the last word on the matter," the group said in the affidavit,

In addition to news reports, the ombudsman's report had relied on a study done by Airports Authority of India and Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (Kitco), which had found that the temple's mast and 'sreekovil' would be a hindrance to implementing the project.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 05:03 PM   #327
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BJP vows to unbuild Aranmula airport

Opposes project on the grounds that it may affect sanctity of temple

KOCHI, APRIL 3:
Building bridges, laying roads and attracting industries are the promises politicians offer during election time.

But in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha constituency, home to the famous Aranmula Parthasarathy temple, the BJP promises to ‘unbuild’ an airport.

Chennai-based KGS Group is building the country’s first greenfield private international airport at a cost of around ₹2,000 crore at Aranmula, located approximately 100 km equidistant from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

The town is a major stopover for pilgrims heading for Sabarimala. It is also famous for the ‘Uthrattathi’ row-boat race associated with the Parthasarathy Temple, and the hand-crafted Aranmula metal mirror.

“If the BJP comes to power, we will get the airport project scrapped,” MT Ramesh, the BJP’s State vice-president and candidate for Pathanamthitta, told Business Line.

“The airport will violate the sanctity of the Parthasarathy Temple, hurt the faith of the local community and damage the culture and heritage of Aranmula.”

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The airport project, which received the go-ahead from the VS Achuthanandan government in 2009 and the Central Government in 2012, has faced stiff opposition from environmental groups, as rice fields make up two-thirds of the 500-acre land required. The Kerala State Biodiversity Board has serious concerns about the possible environmental damage and the Central Green Tribunal had in April 2013 temporarily stayed construction activities. The Oommen Chandy-headed UDF government, however, supported the project. But the project became a question of religious faith when local Hindu groups opposed it. Astrologers and diviners said flights passing over the temple would violate its sanctity. The airport’s navigational devices that would rise taller than the temple’s high mast would be an ill omen. The BJP took up the temple’s cause and upheld the Hindu groups’ opposition to the airport.

However, political observers point out that the impact of the airport issue would be limited to the Aranmula Legislative Assembly constituency, one of the seven in the Pathanamthitta parliamentary constituency, though for the BJP it is a critical campaign issue. Ramesh said his party was not against the airport as such, but only wanted it to be relocated out of the vicinity of the temple.

The main electoral contest is between the Congress’ Anto Antony, the sitting MP, and the LDF-backed independent candidate Peelipose Thomas. The LDF carried out a coup by getting Thomas out of the Congress fold overnight and by setting him up as its candidate.

While he was in the Congress, Thomas had opposed the airport project and had thus earned the displeasure of the party.

“We will never let the airport come up at Aranmula,” Ramesh stated. Environmental groups, though not comfortable with the religious angle to the anti-airport initiative, are equally vehement.

The BJP, however, has limited presence in the Pathanamthitta constituency, observers say.

(This article was published on April 3, 2014)

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...cle5868173.ece
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Nothing to laugh. Once Modi comes to power astrologers will decide day to day govt activities.
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