Cabinet approval for Sabarimala airport plan

More than 3 crore pilgrims visit the famous hill shrine annually.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave in principle approval for Greenfield airport to provide facility to Sabarimala pilgrims.

KSIDC was entrusted with the task of carrying out a feasibility study for the airport project. More than 3 crore pilgrims visit the famous hill shrine annually.

At the moment pilgrims reach Chengannur or Thiruvalla railway stations for their journey to Sabarimala using the MC Road or NH 47.

Even though construction of Angamaly-Sabari rail line was under government’s consideration, paucity of funds and delay in getting Centre's approval was holding up the project. The proposed airport will be able to find a lasting solution to traffic problems during peak pilgrim season.

Cabinet decided to reconstitute Kerala State Road Fund Board (KSRFB). The KSRFB was proposed as Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the projects to be implemented by the public works department with the help of Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board.

In order to resolve the labour issues in Vizhinjam Port project area, Cabinet approved creation of three posts including district labour officer. Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) to be reconstituted .

Cabinet decides to amend Kerala Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 to fix 140 km distance limit for limited stop ordinary buses on 31 routes for which preliminary notification on nationalisation was issued recently.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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