Kerala to take decision soon on Space Institute: Achuthanandan

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 28 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today said the Government had received a letter from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the land offered to it for setting up a Space Institute at Ponmudi near here.

Briefing newspersons here after the Cabinet meeting, Mr Achuthanandan said the Chief Secretary had been asked to study the request and take an appropriate decision on it adding there would be no harm to the Ecology of Ponmudi hills.

''No decision has been taken and it is under consideration,'' he said.

Following the controversy over Merchiston estate land deal legal tangles, the Government offered an alternative site to the ISRO for setting up the Institute at Thennur Village free of cost.

ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair asked the Government to increase the allocation near Merchiston estate to 134 acre.


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