Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kannur Airport

Foundation stone laying ceremony tomorrow..

Elaborate arrangements for Kannur Airport project launch

Express News Service
Kannur, December 15

WAITING in the wings for more than a decade, Kannur is all set to pave the way for its maiden flight which is expected to happen in a couple of years.
Elaborate arrangements are being made to lay the foundation stone for the Kannur Airport Project which is going to be a public-private venture on the model of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) Nedumbassery. A company synonymous with the Nedumbassery Airport, KIAL (Kannur International Airport Limited) has already been formed by the government, though the nitty-gritty of the whole project is yet to be made transparent.
The first phase of the launch of the project, acquisition of land, was a smooth affair, going by the claims made by the authorities. Acquisition of 1,876 acres of land for the project has already been completed. Acquisition of another 783 acres needed for the airport is progressing. An aggregate amount of `196 crore was spent for buying the land, according to District Collector V K Balakrishnan.
The authorities here are busy making all arrangements to turn the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Kannur Airport a grand gala. A massive shamiana has already been built at the project site on the Mattannur-Anjarakkandy road. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel is scheduled to fly down by a special helicopter at  Mattanur where a helipad has already been constructed. The mantle of laying the foundation stone for the most prestigious project in Malabar  has fallen on Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan. VS will perform his job at 11 am on Friday, the auspicious time fixed for the commencement of the function. Praful Patel will preside over the function.
The array of VIPs scheduled to be on the podium  when the State Chief Minister lays the foundation stone is virtually a 'who-is-who' of Kerala politics. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran, will inaugurate the construction of the compound wall of the airport area. Union Minister of State for Railways, E Ahmed, will release a logo of the airport. State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac will hand over the funds for rehabilitation of those displaced for the project. Revenue Minister K P Rajendran will distribute the title deeds to land owners. The entire State Cabinet will be in attendance at the function. Opposition Leader Ommen Chandy has been assigned the job of launching the Green Belt Project coming up side by side with the airport project.
All MPs, MLAs and representatives of the people are invited guests to the function. Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements are being made by the authorities for the foundation stone laying ceremony.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kannur Central Prison

A regional training centre for the employees of the Department of Prisons was set up by the State Institute of Correctional Administration at Kannur Central . Inaugurating the Centre Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the government had decided to establish a welfare fund  for prisoners, their families and the jail employees.
 The Centre had sanctioned Rs154 crore for jail reform measures, he said.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kannur Airport: Foundation stone to be laid on Dec 17

FOUNDATION-STONE for the Kannur Airport will be laid at 11 am on December 17.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, and other Union ministers from the state will be present at the function.
The Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) has been assigned the task of preparing a master plan for the runway of the airport. About 1,270 acres of land has been acquired for the airport.  Another 783 acres of land will be acquired for the purpose.
A meeting of officials and representatives of the people was held at the Collectorate here on Thursday. Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishna was present at the meeting. District Collector V K Balakrishnan presided over the meeting.
Renovation work of Kannur-Mattanur, Thalassery-Anjarakkandy and Thalassery-Mattanur roads also would be taken up as part of the airport project shortly.
K K Sailaja MLA, Seena Ismail, chairperson of  Mattanur municipality, representatives of Kinfra and other officials participated in the meting.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Following the successful replication of the Cochin International Airport Ltd’s (Cial) holding structure by other airports, Kerala’s fourth international airport at Kannur will also see the state government’s holding in it capped at 49% and the balance stake parcelled among financial institutions, entrepreneurs and other entities.

Kerala government will form a consortium of public sector enterprises and other government-sponsored firms to pick stakes in the greenfield airport in north Kerala.
The state government will likely hold 24% and the public sector and government-sponsored firms 25%. The balance stake will go to private companies, high networth individuals and individuals.

Story of Muthappan

Sree Muthappan is believed to be the personification of two divine figures - Thiruvappana and Vellatom. The dual divine figures Thiruvappana and Vellatom are similar to those of the Theyyamkaliyattem of the Northern Malabar region. Though Sree Muthappan is worshiped as a single deity, it actually represents an integrated or unified form of two Gods, namely Vishnu (with a fish-shaped crown) and Shiva (with a crescent-shaped crown).
Sri Muthappan's Theyyams are performed year-round whereas other Theyyams are seasonal (from October to May)
The Naduvazhi (landlord) Ayyankara Illath Vazhunnavar (a Nambudiri Brahmin) was unhappy, as he had no child. His wife Padikutty Antharjanam was a devotee of Lord Shiva. She made a sacrifice to Shiva for children. One day in her dream she saw the Lord. The very next day, while she was returning after a bath from a near by river, she saw a pretty child lying on a flower bed. She took the child home and she and her husband brought Him up as their own son.
The boy used to visit the jungle near their house (mana) for hunting with His bow and arrows. He would then take food to the poor and to the backward communities with Him. As these acts were against the Namboothiri way of life, His parents earnestly requested Him to stop this practice, but the boy turned a deaf ear to their warnings. Ayyankara Vazhunavar became very disappointed.
One day the boy revealed His divine form (Visvaroopam or Viswaroopa or Cosmic All-Pervading form) to His parents. They then realized that the boy was not an ordinary child but God. They prostrated themselves in front of Him and He blessed them.
He then started a journey from Ayyankara. The natural beauty of Kunnathoor detained Him. He was attracted by the toddy of palm trees.

Chandan (an illiterate and uncivilized toddy tapper) knew that his toddy was being stolen from his palm trees, so he decided to guard his palm trees. While he was keeping guard at night, he caught an old man stealing toddy from his palms. He got very angry and tried to shoot the old man using his bow and arrows but fell unconscious before he could let loose even an arrow.
Chandan's wife came searching for her husband. She cried brokenheartedly when she found him unconscious at the base of the tree. She saw an old man at the top of the palm tree, and called out to Him as "MUTHAPPAN" ("Muthappan" means grandfather in the local Malayalam language). She earnestly prayed to the God to save her husband. Before long, Chandan regained consciousness.
She offered boiled grams, slices of coconut, burnt fish and toddy to the Muthappan (Even today in Sree Muthappan temples the devotees are offered boiled grams and slices of coconut). She sought a blessing from Him. Muthappan chose Kunnathoor as His residence at the request of Chandan. This is the famous Kunnathoor Padi.

After spending some years at Kunnathoor, Sree Muthappan decided to look for a more favorable residence so that He could achieve His objective of His avataram. He shot an arrow upward from Kunnathoor. The shaft reached Parassini where the famous Parassini Temple stands today. The arrow, when it was found, was glowing in the Theertha (sacred water) near the temple. The arrow was placed on the altar of the temple. Since then, Lord Sree Muthappan has been thought to reside at Parassinikkadavu