The state government on Friday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the KGS Group, promoters of the proposed Aranmula airport, had informed the government that only Kitco had conducted a feasibility study during the initial stage of the project formation and it had not recommended any reduction in the height of the gold mast or displacement of ‘gopuram’ of Parthasarathy Temple.
The High Court had earlier asked the state, Centre and the Airports Authority of India to file statements after the Devaswom Ombudsman submitted a report stating that study reports by Kitco and the Airports Authority of India suggested structural changes in the flag mast and gopuram of the temple.
The KGS Group informed the matter to the state after the company was asked to file an explanation with regard to the controversy, Chief Secretary E K Bharat Bhushan submitted before the High Court.
“They also informed that the runway of the airport was designed to keep away from all physical and natural objects in and around the site to ensure smooth operation and the safety of passengers. The company submitted its reply on November 26, 2013,” the Chief Secretary submitted.
The state also submitted that the company had been given in-principle approval by the Department of Industries for setting up the airport on the condition that the land for the airport should be identified by the company.
“The company informed the government that they have no intention to interfere with the Aranmula temple or its associated structures during the construction of the airport and they are committed to preserve its sanctity and heritage,” the state submitted.