Representational Image | Photo: Binoj PP/ Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: Union Ministry of Defence approved the proposed greenfield airport project in Sabarimala. Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia informed the Parliament in reply to a question raised by MP Anto Antony. The project needs an environmental clearance in the next phase before taking a final decision regarding the airport.
Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has filed a request for an airport in Sabarimala in June 2020 as per the Greenfield Airport Policy of 2008. The Ministry of Civil Aviation examined the application after convening discussions with the Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Defence, and Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Following this, the ministry urged KSIDC to submit a technical and economic feasibility report of the project.
KSIDC submitted the final technical and feasibility report in June 2022 and the report was forwarded to a committee which scrutinises greenfield airports on November 22. Later the ministry demanded to submit another report over the land availability, impact study and domestic return rate, which were filed by KSIDC in December 2022.
On February 16, the Ministry of Civil Aviation demanded to submit the details of the airports situated within 150 kilometres around the proposed region.