KOCHI: The state government has dropped the proposal to set up feeder airports in Idukki, Wayanad and Guruvayur.
According to information available under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the proposal to set up the feeder airports was dropped owing to people’s agitation against land acquisition.
The projects were mooted citing that the feeder airports in Idukki and Wayanad, both in the Western Ghats, would boost the tourism sector, while the airport at Guruvayor would promote pilgrimage tourism.
However, With regard to the proposed airports at Idukki and Wayanad, even the study was foreclosed due to protests against land acquisition, said the RTI document.
In Idukki, land was identified at Anakkara for the project.
The State Government had identified 450 hectares of land for the airport, and a feasibility study in 2009 found that the location identified for the project was ideal.
In Wayanad, land was identified at Panamaram for the project. The government said that a rehabilitation package would be worked out, and that those being displaced would get compensation as per the market rate.
The airport was proposed to be developed in the public-private partnership model. It was pointed out that the project would give a boost to tourism in Wayanad, which is connected only by road.
Around 400 acres of land is required for the proposed airport at Guruvayoor.
However, there has not been much progress in the project, though a four-member delegation from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had visited the site identified for the project.