To: STATE AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS.

SAVE ARANMULA FROM LAND MAFIA ! AVOID AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER !


Green Tribunal cancels environment clearance to Aranmula airport

The tribunal has also ordered KGS Group, the promoters of the project, to stop all the construction activities going on at the project
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/green-tribunal-cancels-environment-clearance-to-aranmula-airport-114052800799_1.html

SAVE ARANMULA FROM LAND MAFIA ! AVOID AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER !

DEAR SIRS,

1. WE DEMAND, THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL THE APPROVALS AND NOC's OF ANY KINDS,ISSUED TO THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY, TILL DATE, IN THE NAME OF AN AIRPORT IN ARANMULA, AS MOST OF THE BASIC DATA OR INFORMATIONS PROVIDED FOR THE APPROVALS, BY THE REFERRED COMPANY,IS FRAMED, AND IS FAR AWAY FROM REALITY, AND MOST OF THESE INFO, NOW IS SAID , AS DOCUMENTED AND CHALLENGED BY ACTIVISTS,A FEW OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE PATHANAMTHITTA DISTRICT VIGILANCE CELL OF KERALA POLICE. MOST OF THE ACTIVITIES,THE COMPANY OR THEIR PREDECESSORS HAVE DONE, TILL DATE, LIKE POSSESSION OF EXCESS LAND, CUTTING UP THE HILLS, FILLING UP OF WETLANDS, WATER SHEDS,NATURAL DRAINS OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, FOR RUNWAYS, OR OTHER HORIZONTAL DEVELOPMENTS ARE AGAINST THE RELEVANT STATUTES.

2. WE DEMAND TO, HAVE A PROPER AND TRANSPARENT E I A STUDY TO BE DONE, CONSIDERING THE RUN OFF FROM THE SURROUNDING AREA OF 3,4 PANCHAYATHS , TEMPORARY STORAGE OF WATER, FLOOD LEVELS,IMPACT ON THE NEAR BY PUMPA RIVER, VARIATION OF WATER TABLE IN THE LOCALITY,INDUCED SOCIO ECONOMIC TURBULANCE,IMPACT ON COMMUNITY, THE FLORA, FAUNA ETC.

3. WE DEMAND TO, HAVE AN ENQUIRY INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE SAID REAL ESTATE COMPANY, AND THE NEXUS BETWEEN THEM AND THE PRESENT / PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, POLITIANS, WHO UNLAWFULLY HELPED THEM, TO HIDE THE FACTS ABOUT STATUS AND BASIC DATA.

4. WE DEMAND TO, IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW THE NOTIFICATION OF ALMOST 2000 HECTRES OF LAND, SURROUNDED BY THE CIRCULR ROAD-THEKKEMALA-KIDANGANNUR-KUZHIKKALA-PUNNACKADU-THEKKEMALA, AS INDISTRIAL ZONE, AND AVOID THE EVENTUAL EVICTION OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY.

Why is this important?

1. THE LOCATION OF THE SAID AIRPORT PROJECT, IS NOT WITH THE REQUIRED DISTANCE FROM EXISTING AIRPORTS.A FEW BODIES INCLUDING A PARLIAMENTARY SUBCOMMITEE HAD RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE MERE PRESENCE OF SUCH AN AIRPORT.
2. THE CURRENT LOCALITY IS THICKLY POPULATED AND NEED EVICTION OF MORETHAN 500 FAMILIES, IN THE PRELIMINARY PHASE OF THE SAID PROJECT, AS PER THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NOTIFIED AREA AND OTHER AVAILABLE DATA FROM THE COMPANY, AND WILL BE AFFECTED A FEW RELIGIOUS CENTRES LIKE TEMPLES, CHURCHES, OUT OF WHICH, THE ARANMULA PARTDHA SARADTHY TEMPLE IS WITHIN 250 M.THE TEMPLE REPRESENTS, CENTURIES OLD, ENCIENT CIVILIZATION, WITH A WORLD HERITAGE IDENTITY.
3.THE INITIAL PANS OF THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY, IS TO CUT SURROUNDING, 4 OR 5 HILLS AND FILL UP TO RAISE THE SURROUNDING WETLANDS, WITH THE CUT SOIL, THE PROCESS, IN TURN,WOULD BE DESTROYING THE WATER SHED, EXTENDING TO MORETHAN 15 SqKM, WHICH IS FUNCTIONING AS THE RECHARGE BASIN,TEMPORARY STORAGE OF FLOOD WATER IN THE MONSOONS .THE RUN OFF FROM A HUGE AREA IS TEMPORARILY STORED HERE FOR ALMOST, THE NEXT SIX MONTHS AND IS REGULARLY FEEDING THE RIVER PUMPA AND THE SURROUNDING SHALLOW WELLS.THE COMMUNITY IN THE SURROUNDING AREA MAINLY USING THE SHALLOW WELLS FOR THEIR DRINKING WATER NEEDS AND IF THE WET LANDS ARE FILLED, THE WATER TABLE IN THE WELLS WILL BE LOWERED,EVENTUALLY THE RIVER PUMPA ALSO WILL BE START DYING.
THESE WETLANDS WERE ONCE USED FOR ONE CROP PADDY CULTIVATION AND NOW DUE TO SEVERAL REASONS, INCLUDING UNTIMELY WATER LOGGING,NO CULTIVATION IS HAPPENING. BUT BY SPENDONG A FEW LAKHS AND WITH A PLANNED SYSTEM TO CONTROL THE WATER STORAGE AND FLOW,IT COULD EASILY BE RECULTIVATED. THE WET LANDS ARE RICH WITH LOTS OF RARE MIGRATING BIRDS, THE FAUNA, FLARA AS WELL.
4.THE HAMLET ARANMULA, CENTRICAL ABOUT THE PARTDHSARADHY TEMPLE, HAVE A CENTURIES OLD, RICH HISTORY, WHICH CLAIMS, DEFENITELY, A STATUS OF NATIONAL HERITAGE.THE UNIQUE BOAT RACE AND THE ARANMULA METAL MIRROR IS AMONG ITS CONTRIBUTIONS.

ARANMULA, KOZHENCHERRY, PATHANAMTHITTA DISTRICT,KERALA,INDIA.

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Reasons for signing

  • Save Nature means Save Life. We want to avoid environmental disaster.
  • We need to live in our native place. And to avoid environmental disaster
  • We want to live in our native place and save our culture.As the distance from Aranmula to Thiruvanathapuram airport and Kochi airport are 110 and 135km respectively.No need 3rd one at Aranmula.

Updates

2014-07-07 13:04:00 +0530

Verdict seen as a major victory for local residents and activists who strongly oppose the proposed airport as it involves large-scale illegal conversion of paddy fields and alleged ecological impact. Read more: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/green-tribunal-cancels-environmental-clearance-aranmula-airport

2014-05-29 11:52:26 +0530
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Petition is successful with 64 signatures

2014-04-27 16:38:46 +0530

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2014-04-24 22:02:45 +0530

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