Kerala govt moving ahead with proposed Sabarimala Airport; will submit report next week

Aerial view of the proposed Sabarimala airport | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kottayam: Kerala Government will soon furnish details to the Union Government on whether Madurai Airport will be economically affected by the proposed Sabarimala Greenfield Airport in Pathanamthitta. The report will be submitted next week.

Earlier, the Minister of Civil Aviation sought a report from the state government on whether the Madurai airport, located 148 kilometres away from the project area, would be affected by the airport in Cheruvally Estate. Apart from the Madurai airport, the ministry also sought details regarding the project's impact on Nedumbassery and Thiruvananthapuram airports.

According to reports, the government views passengers relying on Madhurai airport are highly unlikely to switch to Sabarimala airport.

Meanwhile, it is reported that it will take time before the government complete Environmental Impact Study (EIS). The Social Impact Study is also ongoing in the project area. Further, the union ministry fears that the airport will have to adopt a tabletop runway due to land constraints. However, the state government has informed the ministry that a 3.50-kilometre runway will be installed here. To achieve this, the government will acquire land outside the estate.

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