Thiruvandapuram: With more VIPs from far and wide visiting the famed Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple, the temple town is in need of an airstrip, and with various investment options available, this could soon become a reality, according to a local legislator.
Speaking to IANS, Guruvayur legislator K.V Abdul Khader said a few years ago a team of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials had visited a few places in the area.
"Land is a problem here of an airport and it has now dawned that only an airstrip can be a viable proposition. for that, around 15 to 20 acres of land is all that's required, "said Khader, a three-time CPI-M legislator from Guruvayur.
Over the years, the name and fame of the temple has spread far and it has become one of the most important places of worship for Hindus.
Among those who now frequently visit the temple are national leaders as also top political personalities from Sri Lanka.
"Today with more and more VIP visits, traffic gets choked as most of them either fly to Kochi airport and then arrive to the temple town by road. A14 acres' plot of land belonging to the temple is at present lying unused. This could be ideal for the airstrip." said Khader.
Kerala has the best air connectivity in the country with three international airports and a fourth one in Kannur getting ready. Devotees arriving at any of these airports would be able to reach the temple town in under 90 minutes by a small aircraft or a helicopter if Guruvayur gets an air strip, Khader said.
"Today there are various modes of investment options available and funds for making an air strip can easily be worked out," added Khader.