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Project report of Sabarimala airport to be ready by March 31, says Pinarayi Vijayan

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Project report of Sabarimala airport to be ready by March 31, says Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: The report on the techno-financial, feasibility and environmental impact study for the proposed Sabarimala greenfield airport would be ready by March 31, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Tuesday.

Kerala government would take further steps of the airport project after receiving the report of the Louis Burger Consultant Private Ltd, who was appointed as consultant for the project, Pinarayi Vijayan told the assembly. The CM said Cheruvally estate, which is close to Erumelly - one of the major base camps of devotees visiting Lord Ayyappa temple at the hillshrine of Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta, has been identified for the airport.

The government would take further steps on the project after getting the necessary clearance from the Central agencies concerned, Pinarayi said.

Nearly 2,263-acre Cheruvally estate was identified for the project by a team of the state government officials headed by the chief secretary.

Lakhs of devotees visit the shrine during the three-month pilgrimage season between November and January every year. The temple is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats in Pathanamthitta district.

The number of pilgrims visiting the temple has gone up in recent years and an airport was considered as an alternative to reducing the traffic congestion during the festival season.

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