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Old November 9th, 2011, 12:11 AM   #101
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One more Medical College for Pathanamthitta District....

NSS plans to start a Medical College at Pandalam

NSS already has an Ayurveda Medical College there.

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പന്തളത്ത് എന്*.എസ്.എസ്. മെഡിക്കല്* കോളേജ് സ്ഥാപിക്കും

Posted on: 09 Nov 2011


പന്തളം: പന്തളത്ത് നായര്* സര്*വ്വീസ് സൊസൈറ്റി അലോപ്പതി മെഡിക്കല്* കോളേജ് തുടങ്ങുമെന്ന് എന്*.എസ്.എസ്. ജനറല്* സെക്രട്ടറി ജി. സുകുമാരന്*നായര്* പറഞ്ഞു. പന്തളത്തെ മന്നം ആയുര്*വേദ സഹകരണ മെഡിക്കല്* കോളേജിന്റെ കെട്ടിടസമുച്ചയം ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്യുന്ന ചടങ്ങില്* അധ്യക്ഷപ്രസംഗം നടത്തുകയായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹം.

വ്യാവസായികാടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലല്ലാത്ത ഒരു അലോപ്പതി മെഡിക്കല്* കോളേജ് പന്തളത്ത് തുടങ്ങാനാണ് നായര്* സര്*വ്വീസ് സൊസൈറ്റി ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നത്- സുകുമാരന്* നായര്* പറഞ്ഞു.

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Old November 11th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #102
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PATHANAMTHITTA becomes the first plastic free district in kerala
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Old November 15th, 2011, 12:58 AM   #103
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Government sanctioned 19.68 Crores for 9 roads of Aranmula constituency



The 9 km long Pathanamthitta Ring road will be completely strengthened using BM & BC (Bituminous macadam and Bituminous concrete) process.

Other Major Roads included in the Road improvement Project are (From PWD Website):

BM & BC to Adoor-Anandhappally-Kaipattoor Road 12.000Kms – 10 Crores
(Part of Pathanamthitta – Adoor Road. Pathanamthitta – Kaipattor Road is currently under development. )

BM & BC to Kochalomoodu - Pandalam road Km 0.000 to 12.050 (Part of Mavelikara – Panadalam Road) – 10 Crores
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Old November 16th, 2011, 01:01 AM   #104
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Chinese machinery for Sabarigiri project

Kerala’s second largest hydel facility will turn more ‘powerful’ by April next - with a little Chinese ‘muscle.’

By April 2012, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) hopes to have the Moozhiyar power station of the Sabarigiri hydel project running at full power.

Chinese equipment has arrived for replacing the no:4 generator which was destroyed in an explosion on May 16, 2008, KSEB officials said.

The generator and turbine, supplied by a Chinese firm Harbin (Kunming) Electrical Company Ltd, have reached the Chennai Port.

Other equipment such as exciter and governor also are being imported from China.

Once the new 60-MW machine is operational, the total capacity of the Moozhiyar station will go up by 5 MW to 340 MW, said Mohammed Ali Rawther, member (transmission and generation operations),

KSEB. Originally, the station had five 55 MW generators and a 60 MW one, adding up to a maximum output of 335 MW.

At present, four 55 MW machines and a 60-MW one are operational.

For replacing unit IV, the KSEB had inked an MoU with Puissance de L’eau Power Systems Ltd.

The accident in 2008 had left three dead and several injured, destroyed unit IV and damaged the other units, crippling the station.

Units I and III were back on track by November 2009, bringing power generation up to 280 MW. Work on installing the unit will begin in a month’s time, Rawther said.

The recent power crisis had seen the KSEB fall back heavily on hydel power after supply from the Central generation stations thinned.

A tougher time lies ahead for the state’s power sector during the 2012 summer when daily power consumption is likely to cross the 60-million unit (MU) mark.

A fully-recovered Sabarigiri project is expected to bring some relief to the beleaguered KSEB in such a scary scenario.

http://expressbuzz.com/states/kerala...ct/333408.html
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Old November 16th, 2011, 01:03 AM   #105
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Website on Sabari shrine a hit on day 1

KOCHI: A day after the Kerala Police launched a first-of-its-kind portal for online advanced queue placement facility for Sabarimala darshan, the portal got heavy response from various corners. The response was so heavy that the portal crashed on Monday after receiving more number of hits than it can handle.

Sabarimala.keralapolice.gov.in — launched by the Police Computer Centre, under the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) has got more than 2,500 responses from devotees across the country on the first day itself. The portal will have information in five languages — Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English. “The portal will be completely operational only by November 16. However, we started the trial run, which received good response. Once the portal is completely operational, we’ll start SMS facility also,” said sources.

The portal will have facilities for devotees, including information on queue system. “Devotees can check advance queue coupon booking, live queue status, live weather condition at Pampa and Sannidhanam and parking availability through the portal. They can get this information through SMS too. For queue status they have to send the message — ‘SBL Q’, for parking ‘SBL P’, for weather ‘SBML W’ and for help they should send ‘SBML HELP message’. The messages should be sent to 537252. This facility will be operational from November 16,” sources said.

http://expressbuzz.com/states/kerala...-1/333357.html
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Sabarimala temple to open on November 16


PATHANAMTHITTA: The annual two-month-long Mandalam-Makaravilakku season at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple is all set to begin on the first day of Malayalam month of Vrichikam on Thursday. For the auspicious occasion, the hill shrine will be opened on Wednesday evening by Melsanthi Sasi Nampoothiri, who completes his tenure on that day.

INSTALLATION CEREMONY OF NEW MELSANTHI

The installation ceremony of M Balamurali as the new Sabarimala melsanthi will be held under the leadership of Thantri Kandararu Maheswararu in front of the Sreekovil at 7 pm on Wednesday evening. As part of the ceremony, the Thantri will perform kalasabhishekam on the new melsanthi.

The one-year term of the new Melsanthi will begin with the opening of the Sreekovil of the temple at 4 am on Thursday in the presence of Thantri Maheswararu. After going inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, the Thantri will pass on the “Moolamantram” of Lord Ayyappa on the ear of the Melsanthi.

NEW PILGRIM FACILITIES

‘’Saranasethu”, the Army Bailey bridge built for the purpose of using as the one-way system for the pilgrims after darsan, two queue complexes and the resting place at Pandithavalam for accommodating 20,000 pilgrims will be the new facilities offered for the crores of pilgrims during the new pilgrimage season.

The Army Bailey bridge, connecting Malikappuram with Chandranandan Road, set up by the Sabarimala high-powered committee on infrastructure development headed by Additional Chief Secretary K Jayakumar, will be much beneficial for the pilgrims during the peak pilgrimage season days of Mandalam and Makaravilaku season.

Styled ‘Saranasethu’, the Bailey bridge could be made 100 cent useful only after the completion of new Prasadam complex proposed on the side of the bridge. If the TDB authorities set up full-fledged facilities for the distribution of the Aravana and Appam prasdams at the new prasadam distribution facilities near Malikappuram temple, the bridge could be of much use during the ensuing season.

The queue complexes, one at Saramkuthi set up by the TDB and the other at Sabareepadom by the high-power committee, will be useful for the pilgrims who wait in long queues during the peak season days.

The resting place at Pandithalvalam will achieve the twin benefits of preventing any stampede-like situation in the North Nada during the peak season days and protect the North Nada from environment pollution.

Renovated Swami Ayyappan Road connecting Pampa with Marakoottam service road at Pampa for the purpose of emergency evacuation, renovated bathing ghat at Pampa and rubberised Chalakayam-Pampa road are the other new ones that will benefit the pilgrims.

The delay in the preparation at Nilackal pilgrim transit camp and the ban on transport facilities, including KSRTC buses to Uppupara from Kunmily, are likely to adversely affect the pilgrims during the ensuing season.

http://expressbuzz.com/states/kerala...16/333403.html
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For a plastic-free Sabarimala


With the Sabarimala pilgrimage season in full swing, the State is intensifying its activities to deal with the plastic threat in the hill shrine.

The Forest Department of Kerala constituted a buy-back policy to recollect and destroy the used plastic bottles of Sabarijalam drinking water. A plastic shredding machine will start functioning from Wednesday in Sabarimala to destroy the bottles thus collected.

Anil Kumar, Public Relations Officer at the Forest Department, said that the used plastic bottles of the Sabarijalam brand could be recollected for Rs. 2, in order to prevent plastic dumping at Sabarimala. Last year, the bottles were recollected for Re. 1.

The shops which sell the bottles and the Vana Samrakshana Samiti are engaged in recollecting the bottles, he added.

During the annual pilgrimage season which stretches for two months, Sabarimala sees growing number of pilgrims flowing in from different states and the plastic littering is a major reason for environment pollution at Sabarimala.

In an effort to curb the littering of Sabarimala with plastic bottles and save the ecosystem and the wildlife in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the State Forest Department introduced the Sabarijalam scheme in 2009. Used bottles of Sabarijalam were recollected through a buy-back policy.

The Pathanamthitta district administration and other organisations including Kudumbasree and Vana Samrakshana Samiti have come under the banner of ‘Suchitwa Mission’, a drive to make the district plastic-free.
The Ranni Forest Department has also launched a programme called ‘Harita Poonkavanom’ to curb the environmental pollution caused by plastic dumping.

To increase Sabarijalam production

The Forest Department is also planning a multi-fold increase in the production of Sabarijalam. “The capacity of the current plant engaged in the production is 2000 bottles a day. Steps are being taken to increase the production of Sabarijalam to one lakh bottles a day,” said Anil Kumar, Public Relations Officer at the Forest Department.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2692160.ece
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Updates on Aranmula Airport

Updates on Aranmula Airport

• Has primary approval from State and Central Governments.
• LDF Government had notified 500 acres of land as Industrial area
• 2000 Crores Project
• Construction will start within 18 months
• Received NOC from defense ministry on Aug 24th


Source : Deepika -> Pathanamthitta (10-12-2011)

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Protest mounting against Aranmula airport project

The controversy over the setting up of a private airport at Aranmula took a new turn on Friday with the villagers protesting against the notification issued by the Industries department declaring 500 acres of land spread across the Mallappuzhasserry, Kidangannur and Aranmula villages as an industrial area.

The agitated villagers under the aegis of the People’s Action Council laid siege to the office of the KGS Aranmula Greenfield Airport Office on the Kidangannur Road in the morning.

Addressing the protest meeting, the Action council leaders, A. Padmakumar, A.K. Muraleedhara Kurup, Prasad Verumkal and Joji Varghese, alleged that the international airport project itself was part of a big land scam and fraud as the promoter company did not have a single cent of land of its own in Aranmula.

They alleged that the company that claimed to have obtained clearances for setting up an international airport even before purchasing any piece of land for the same was a major case to be seriously probed into.

The protesters demanded the Government to take immediate steps to cancel the notification issued by the Industries department declaring 500 acres of thickly populated areas in the three villages in the larger interests of protecting hundreds of hapless villagers in this part of the State from the ``landgrabbers’’.

Mr Varghese alleged that the KGS Group was a Chennai-based real estate company and they are planning to set up the proposed airport converting the bio-diversity-rich Aranmula wetlands which was a sprawling paddy field two decades ago. As many as 150 acres of the Aranmula paddy fields have already been illegally converted in the name of the airport project and there was no question of permitting any more conversion in the area, he said.

The Action Council leaders said the notification of 500 acres of land as industrial area and setting up of the “Greenfield Airport, Aranmula Single Window Clearance Board’’ by the Industries department on February 24 was part of a hidden agenda to acquire the dwellings of the poor villagers in the name of the airport project.

They said the agitation would continue till the Government take stern action against the illegal land conversion made in the name of the airport project and take steps to cancel the notification issued by the Industries department during the previous Left Democratic Front Government.

People from different parts of the three villages staged protest marches to the KGS office at Aranmula in the afternoon too, protesting against the airport project.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2701707.ece
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A news from Kozhikode about Aranmula Mirror

A caravan of mirrors



On their sojourn across the State, Aranmula mirrors stop at Kozhikode

A glowing piece of history bearing the signature of fine craftsmanship, the Aranmula kannadi (Aranmula mirror) is quietly braving the ravages of time. A vintage reflection of Kerala's handicraft tradition that flourished around the temple, today it is a requisite wherever classic Kerala is on show. And on show it is for the third successive year at Kairali, the government's enterprise for arts and crafts of Kerala, in the city.

The hand mirror is showcased in 11 varying sizes at the complex: the smallest is an inch and a half wide and the largest six inches wide. The artisans, belonging to a few families around the Parthasarathy temple in the village of Aranmula in South Kerala, have crafted the mirrors in conventional shapes — in frames shaped like a conch, the sun and a lotus and in the typical long-tailed form.

The mirror in the Aranmula kannadi is no glass, as M. Mohandas, manager at Kairali, explains. “It is a combination of copper and tin that has been polished. The technique of mixing these metals is a secret known only to the families,” he says.

One can also check the authenticity of an Aranmula mirror. “When you fold a paper and place it against the mirror, there will be absolutely no gap between the paper and its reflection in a genuine Aranmula mirror,” explains Mohandas. Kairali's initiative in exhibiting the mirrors exclusively at its showrooms across the State has given a fillip to the once “sinking” craft and its makers, says Mohandas. In a year, Aranmula mirrors are showcased for 15 days in different districts. A limited view of the artefact not only protects its novelty, but also helps the artisans, who cannot mass produce this hand-made product. In the course of the 15-day show in Kozhikode, roughly 400 pieces will be on display.

“In the first year of the exhibition, the Kozhikode centre registered the maximum sale at Rs 7.7 lakhs, while in the second year we had a sale of mirrors worth Rs 4.5 lakhs,” Mohandas says. Noting the dip in sales, he points out, “When it comes to pieces like the Aranmula mirror, families tend to own just one.” So, at Kairali, plans are afoot to take the exhibition to smaller centres in the years to come to woo new buyers.

Prized gifts


The mirrors on show are priced between Rs 1,100 and Rs 10,000, while there are Aranmula mirrors that are worth about Rs 60,000. The mirrors, once known to niche customers — the Ayyappa devotees who visited the Parthasarathy temple on their way to Sabarimala — are now traversing seas to win admirers. The other day a few pieces were bought from the Kozhikode showroom for the Indian Ambassador to the United States to be taken as gifts on her latest assignment, says Mohandas. The exhibition is on till December 17 at Kairali on Palayam Road.

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/crafts/article2701451.ece
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Marvelous!!!
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FAMOUS PERSONALITIES FROM PATHANAMTHITTA




Vetaran actor Mohanlal




Thilakan




Captain Raju




M.G Soman




Prathapachandran



Adoor Bhasi




Kailash




Adoor Gopalakrishnan




K.G George




Blessy




B. Unnikrishnan

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Nayanthara




Meera Jasmine




Mythili





Ranjini Haridas




Parvathy Jayaram




Kaveri




Kaviyoor Ponnamma




Adoor Bhavani




Adoor Pankajam




Aranmula Ponnamma




Kaviyoor Renuka

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Kadamanitta Ramakrishnan




Kakkanadan




Vasudevan Pillai - Padayani exponent



K.K Nair - Played a major role in the formation of Pathanamthitta District.



DR. T. K. Alex - Space scientist awarded Padmashri




Jacob Punnoose - DGP




T.K.A Nair - Principal Secretary of Prime Minister




Sugathakumari teacher




Justice M Fathima Beevi - First woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India

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P.J Kurien - M.P




Mathew.T.Thomas-Ex Minister




Dr.Kurian Joh Melamparambil - Industrialist




Muthoot Pappachan




Mr.Alexander Muthoot M.D & Mr. M.G George Muthoot Chairman




Nuashad - Famous Chef and Film Producer




Parumala Thirumeni




Sadhu kochu kunjuupadesi - a famous
Malayali Christian preacher,poet and composer




Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Metropolitan
-senior Metropolitan Bishop of the Mar Thoma Church





Pastor K.C John - President of Indian Pentacostal Church




Major Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

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Aranmula Airport:CBI probe sought into suspected land scam


The vast expanse of Aranmula puncha (paddy fields) where the proposed private international airport is planned
at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district.



The All-Kerala River and Wetland Protection Council (KRWPC) has sought probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged land scam in Aranmula in the name of a private international airport project.

Talking to presspersons here on Saturday, KRWPC leaders and environmentalists K.A. Varghese and V.N. Gopinatha Pillai alleged that the promoters of the proposed airport project had inter-State connections.

According to the council leaders, the Chennai-based KGS Group is the promoter of the proposed KGS International Greenfield Airport at Aranmula. Though the company claimed that it had 350 acres of land in Aranmula, a letter issued by the Aranmula village officer as per RTI Act on November 28 had categorically stated that the company did not possess any piece of land in the village, said Mr

Varghese. Ironically, in a letter to the former Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan, on November 11, 2010, the then local MLA, K.C. Rajagopalan, had stated that the KGS Company had 350 acres of land in its possession in Aranmula for developing the proposed greenfield airport there, he said. Mr. Varghese alleged that the former MLA had even misled Mr. Achuthanandan into taking a government decision in favour of the company, they alleged.

The council leaders alleged that Anto Antony, MP, had been issuing statements supporting the private company and its airport project. The MP had even argued for the company at a public hearing held at the Collectorate earlier, they said.

Though K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA, had expressed strong reservations against the airport project earlier, he too has been maintaining a studied silence on the issue now, they alleged.

The Industries Department had notified 500 acres of land spread across the three villages of Aranmula, Mallappuzhasserry and Kidangannur as industrial area in February. The people's representatives had adopted a treacherous stand by keeping the local people in the dark about the decision taken by the Industries Department as well as various basic clearance problems concerning the proposed airport project,” they alleged. Mr. Varghese has sought a public apology from the MP and the former MLA for allegedly misleading the people.

“How the KGS Group had managed to obtain clearances for the proposed airport project from various Central and State government agencies when it did not have any land of its own in Aranmula remains a big question unanswered by our political and bureaucratic bosses,'' they alleged.

The council leaders also demanded stern action against the conversion of the biodiversity-rich Aranmula paddy fields (puncha) in the name of the airport project.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2704242.ece

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KGS Group denies charges

‘Project has all requisite clearances'

The KGS Aranmula International Airport is a Rs.200-crore project which will be set up in 500 acres at Aranmula, according to P.T. Nandakumar, executive director of the company.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Nandakumar, accompanied by Col. Balakrishnan, chief operating officer, said the project was expected to generate 1,500 direct and 6,000 indirect employment opportunities. It would be operational in 18 months, he added.

Mr. Nandakumar said the KGS Group has obtained clearances for setting up the airport from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, State Cabinet (on September 8, 2010) and the Ministry of Defence. He said the State Industries Department had notified 500 acres in Aranmula, Kidangannur, and Mallappuzhasserry villages for the proposed Greenfield airport project.

The government had constituted a Single Window Clearance Board for the greenfield airport on March 1, with the KINFRA managing director as its convener, he said.

No eviction


Mr. Nandakumar said there would not be eviction or compulsory acquisition of land or demolition of houses, commercial establishment or places of worship for the project. He said the airport would cater to the population in the NRI belt spread across Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, and parts of Alappuzha districts.

Mr. Nandakumar said the company had carried a techno-feasibility study and environment impact study on the airport project. Though the survey numbers of three villages of Aranmula, Kidangannur, and Mallappuzhassery were declared as industrial area, only those industries connected with the airport would be coming up in these areas, he added.

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Airport row: Company claims to have obtained necessary clearances
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The Chennai-based KGS Group of companies has claimed that it has obtained all necessary clearances for setting up a greenfield international airport at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district.

In a statement issued here on Monday, the KGS Group managing director, Gigi George, said the Airport Authority of India has recommended feasibility for setting up of the proposed `greenfield international airport at Aranmula way back on October 15, 2009. The State Cabinet too had given approval to the project on September 8, 2010.

Notification

According to Mr George, Industries Department of the Kerala Government has notified 500 acres of land in Aranmula, Kidangannoor and Mallappuzhasseri villages for the proposed `greenfield airport project after publishing the land record details at the respective village offices. The department has also constituted the `Greenfield Airport, Aranmula Single Window Clearance Board’ on February 24 in this connection, he said.

Defence clearance


He said the Ministry of Defence has issued a `No Objection Certificate’ for setting up the proposed airport project on August 24.

The United Democratic Front Government has issued a recommendation letter to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on September 26, supporting the airport project. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted a `site clearance certificate’ for the proposed ‘KGS Greenfield International Airport’ at Aranmula on October 28.

Mr George said a total of 350 acres of land have been registered in the name of KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd in December, 2010 and the District Collector, P.Venugopal, has recently directed the Revenue official concerned to speed up its process of mutation in a time-bound manner.

Notified industrial area

Mr George has further clarified that there was no question of the Government acquiring land for the project. Instead, the company would negotiate with the land owners for purchase of land at the prevailing market price, he said. He said there would not be any eviction or compulsory acquisition or displacement of houses, commercial areas or places of worship.

According to Mr George, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Alappuzha districts together accounts for the arrival of nearly 21 per cent of foreign tourists and 14 per cent domestic tourists to Kerala.

Mr George said the proposed Rs 2000-crore international airport project would be set up in 500 acres of land in Aranmula in a time frame of 18 months.

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ARANMULA: As protests against the setting up of a private airport at Aranmula in Kerala's Pathanamthitta district go on, promoters of the greenfield project have dismissed the allegation of land grab and said vested interests are behind the controversy. Since last week, people living around the site of Kerala's fifth airport are protesting against a notification issued by the state industries department declaring 500 acres of land spread across the Mallappuzhasserry, Kidangannur and Aranmula villages as an industrial area.

The promoters, Chennai-based KGS Group, have acquired 350 acres and are looking for some more. The protesters are demanding that the government cancel the notification in the larger interests of protecting hundreds of villagers.

"We are demanding transparency, especially in the land transactions. They claim that they have purchased 350 acres of land, which we have found out is not true. The villagers are also surprised to know that the previous Left government had notified 500 acres of land near here as an industrial area. People are against eviction and that is what the villagers are up in arms against," said CPM legislator A. Padmakumar, who is leading the protesters.

But Gigi George of KGS said it was absolutely baseless to say that the group went ahead with the project without having land in the airport's name.

"The truth of the matter is that 350 acres of land have been registered in the name of KGS Aranmula Greenfield Airport. The only thing that has not happened is that the mutation of the land that has been registered has not taken place. The district collector has given direction to the Revenue Department last month to complete the mutation," George told IANS over telephone from Chennai.

The KGS Group has also pointed out that even though the 500 acres have been notified as an industrial area only industries connected with the airport would come up in the area. "There will not be any eviction or compulsory acquisition or displacement of any houses, commercial areas or worship places," said the group in a press release. The airport at Aranmula is billed as a boon to Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and some parts of Alappuzha districts, which together receive around 21 per cent of foreign tourists and 14 per cent domestic tourists who come to the state.

Padmakumar said villagers were not against development and they just wanted transparency in the land deal . He said the district collector was likely to call a meeting of all stake holders of the project on December 23. "Let us see what happens at the meeting."

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Airport row: Company claims to have obtained necessary clearances
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The Chennai-based KGS Group of companies has claimed that it has obtained all necessary clearances for setting up a greenfield international airport at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district.

In a statement issued here on Monday, the KGS Group managing director, Gigi George, said the Airport Authority of India has recommended feasibility for setting up of the proposed `greenfield international airport at Aranmula way back on October 15, 2009. The State Cabinet too had given approval to the project on September 8, 2010.

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According to Mr George, Industries Department of the Kerala Government has notified 500 acres of land in Aranmula, Kidangannoor and Mallappuzhasseri villages for the proposed `greenfield airport project after publishing the land record details at the respective village offices. The department has also constituted the `Greenfield Airport, Aranmula Single Window Clearance Board’ on February 24 in this connection, he said.

Defence clearance


He said the Ministry of Defence has issued a `No Objection Certificate’ for setting up the proposed airport project on August 24.

The United Democratic Front Government has issued a recommendation letter to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on September 26, supporting the airport project. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted a `site clearance certificate’ for the proposed ‘KGS Greenfield International Airport’ at Aranmula on October 28.

Mr George said a total of 350 acres of land have been registered in the name of KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd in December, 2010 and the District Collector, P.Venugopal, has recently directed the Revenue official concerned to speed up its process of mutation in a time-bound manner.

Notified industrial area

Mr George has further clarified that there was no question of the Government acquiring land for the project. Instead, the company would negotiate with the land owners for purchase of land at the prevailing market price, he said. He said there would not be any eviction or compulsory acquisition or displacement of houses, commercial areas or places of worship.

According to Mr George, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Alappuzha districts together accounts for the arrival of nearly 21 per cent of foreign tourists and 14 per cent domestic tourists to Kerala.

Mr George said the proposed Rs 2000-crore international airport project would be set up in 500 acres of land in Aranmula in a time frame of 18 months.

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