Thantri against Reducing the Height of Flag Mast
The thantri of Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple has made it clear that considering the entire issues, including thantric aspects, relating to the airport project it was impermissible either to reduce the height of the golden flag mast or to light the same during day and night, the Advocate Commissioner submitted before the High Court Court on Monday. Thantri Brahmasree Akkeraman Kalidasan Bhattathirippad made his stand clear in a letter issued to the Advocate Commissioner seeking the opinion of the former.
The thantri has also condemned the suggestion regarding any displacement of the golden flag mast or any other temple structure which forms part of the divine body of the deity.
The report also stated that the state government, did not, so far issue any NOC and only an ‘in-principle’ permission has been granted for the project. Similarly, clearances from the Kerala State Pollution Control Board and the Local Self-Government institution concerned have not been produced.
It also pointed out the project report submitted by the KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd did not reflect the actual ground reality and that it had been compiled with inclusions and incorporations from various other reports.
The project report has incorporated portions of the obstacle survey report also. But many important aspects covered by the obstacle survey report have been omitted, including the suggestion regarding lighting of the flag mast during day and night. The project report has been disowned by KITCO. It was suggested in the Obstacle Survey Report that all new proposals for high rise structures have to be vetted and processed by the Aranmula Airport authorities for the purpose of assessment of the safe height for flights to meet the requirements of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Thus, the proposed Arnamula Airport will have serious adverse impact on the future developmental activities of the temple.