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Construction : Web Exclusive | December 2012 | Source : Construction Update

Idukki airport project gets nod from defence ministry

Union Ministry of Defence has given in principal clearance for the proposed feeder airport in Idukki district.

Kerala State Industries Development Corporation (KSIDC) informed this in the document inviting expression of interest for the project. In this manner, ball has been set rolling for the development of a proposed feeder airport in the hilly district in central Kerala.

The corporation invited expression of interest for techno-economic feasibility study and environmental impact assessment for the project. The EOI document says that the demand for faster modes of passenger transportation to Idukki has been on the rise.

The proposed international airport in Kannur has reached a decisive stage where a consultant has been appointed. A private airport has been proposed for Aranmula in Pathanamthitta and the same has been since approved.

The district has seen a steadily increasing domestic and international tourist flow. Business/trading commuters are increasingly using the ‘commodity route’ leading to this ‘spice capital’ of Kerala.

Feeder aircraft services to Idukki and back from the present domestic and international airports in the State and from important centres such as Coimbatore and Madurai have been conspicuous by their absence.

It is learnt that land has already been identified and Airports Authority of India has issued clearance for locating the project at the identified site. In-principle clearance has been secured from the Union Ministry of Defence.

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