The Kerala government has backed off from the controversial KGS Aranmula International Airport project, which had recently lost its environmental clearance. Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan informed the Legislative Assembly that the government's decision followed the National Green Tribunal rescinding the environmental clearance to the project. The state government has a 10 per cent stake in the project, promoted by the Chennai-based KGS group.
Meanwhile, emboldened by the Union Government's policy of setting up low-cost airports in smaller towns across the country, KGS Group is going ahead with its airport project. Gigi George, Managing Director, KGS Aranmula, said the company would move the Supreme Court against the NGT verdict shortly.