Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien has said that the reservations on the Aranmula airport are just misconceptions. Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, he said that the project will not be a threat in any way.
“Apprehensions regarding developmental activities are natural since every project has its pros and cons. However, if the advantages far outnumber the disadvantages, we should welcome the developments. The so-called ecological issues being raised by the protestors of Aranmula airport have to be viewed in perspective. People should understand that when calculated, environmental pollution being created by vehicles that ferry passengers from this area to Nedumbasserry or Shankumukham airports, comes out to be much higher than what would be caused by the building of the airport. The airport will, in fact, expedite the development of this area. Tourism will get a major boost in the region, with the iconic Aranmula boat race garnering more audience. Besides, Sabarimala pilgrims will have speedy access to the shrine once the project is implemented,” he said.
He denounced the reports suggesting foul play in getting the nod from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for the project.
“Those who suspect any foul play can approach the Ministry or the courts for further clarification,” he said.
Kurien also said that the Air Kerala project, presented at Emerging Kerala 2012 investors’ meet, holds the potential to resolve the difficulties being faced by non-resident Keralites (NRKs). “The project can provide a permanent solution to the problems being faced by NRKs. The project can be commenced by incorporating the NRKs and other potential investors, he said.
On queries regarding the revamp of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), he said that the decision in this matter has to be taken by the KPCC, but added that a revamp would certainly lessen the problems in the party.