LDF opposes country’s first private airport

TRIVANDRUM— Kerala’s Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPM) led opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) has come out against the country’s first private airport in the state they cleared while in power.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Sat 27 Oct 2012, 11:15 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:29 PM

The opposition has made the going difficult by vowing not to allow KGS Aranmula Airport Company Limited, the promoter of the project, to reclaim the wetlands for building the airport at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district.

The LDF declared their stand at a convention organised by them at Aranmula on Friday. Addressing the convention, former chief minister and leader of opposition in the state assembly V S Achuthanandan said that his government had not allowed the airport company to fill the paddy fields.

He pointed out that he had referred a complaint he had received during his term as the chief minister against the conversion of paddy fields to the district collector for action. Achuthanandan said the then Industries secretary T Balakrishnan had issued an order declaring the area around the airport as an industrial township without the knowledge of his government.

Achuthanandan has urged the United Democratic Front government to restore paddy fields reclaimed by the airport company. The convention was also addressed by CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran and noted environmentalist Sugathakumari. — news@khaleejtimes.com

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