Proposed airport at Cheruvally Estate should be environment friendly in letter and spirit, said Sabarimala Ayy…Read More
Thiruvananthapuram: Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajam has expressed reservations over the state government move to take over Cheruvally Estate by paying compensation to Believers Church. The government move to pay compensation to a third party in the course of affirming the government’s right over its own property was of dubious nature and it smacked of corruption, the Samajam said.
“It’s illegal to claim that Believers Church had purchased from Harrison Malayalam company the Cheruvally Estate which was supposed to be taken over by the government following the termination of lease agreement with Harissson Malayalam. Since the high court has already ordered the government to take over the said land, it would be illegal and wrong on the part of the government to pay compensation to someone who claims ownership of the estate,” said Samajam general secretary M K Aravindakshan and president Akeeramon Kalidasa Bhattathirippad in a statement.
The government need not pay anybody for asserting the state’s right over its own property. Since the government is planning to set up an airport in the estate, utmost care should be exercised to ensure that development of new township around the airport doesn’t pose ecological dangers to the surrounding areas or sullies the spiritual environment of centres of worship in Sabarimala, Pampa and Erumeli, the statement said. Once it comes up, the proposed green field airport should be environment friendly in letter and spirit, the Samajam said.