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Malabar Residency, 3 Star hotel , Kannur

Malabar Residency, 3 Star hotel , Kannur

Thavakkara Road, Kannur-670001, Kerala
115 kms. from Calicut Airport;
0.5 km. from Kannur Railway Station;
1 km. from Kannur Bus Stand
Total rooms-26,
Suites-2, (Single A/C:5, Double A/C:13, Non A/C:2, Deluxe A/C:4, Suites A/C:2)

Internet, Shopping arcade, Physician, Laundry. Backwater cruise
Hotel Description: Just 5 meters away from Kannur Railway Station, Malabar Residency Kannur is located minutes away from the commercial hub of Kannnur. Malabar Residency Kannur is a wonderful 3-star retreat that guarantees pleasurable stay to travelers. The hotel offers perfect coalesce of comforts and rich hospitality. While offering great value for money, the hotel is indeed famous with corporate as well as leisure travelers. This charming hotel offers paramount importance to quality and comfort. It is an idyllic stopover to experience true flavors of Kerala.

Accommodation: Guests can select from 26 tastefully decorated rooms at Malabar Residency Hotel. There are 5 single rooms, 15 double rooms, 4 deluxe rooms and 2 suites. All the rooms are replete with modern comforts and conveniences. Guests can choose from four categories of rooms. Deluxe rooms at the hotel are also referred as Residency rooms. Each room comes with spacious balcony.

Dining: Grand Plaza offers a delightful surprise up its sleeves for food connoisseurs. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves Indian, local Malabar dishes, Mughlai, Chinese and Continental delicacies. It can accommodate up to 65 people at a time. Village Café is our 24-hour rooftop 50-seater coffee shop that enjoys breathtaking landscaped views. It is a suitable venue to cast your afternoon blues away. Backwater cruise.

Hotel Facilities: Malabar Residency Hotel provides first-class conference and banqueting facilities. The hotel has a boardroom that can accommodate 25 persons for meetings. Century Hall and Millennium Hal are two conference venues at the hotel suitable for conferences and personal events.

The hotel also offers ayurveda center, shopping arcade, laundry, backwater cruises, doctor on call, currency exchange, yoga sessions, travel desk and car rental.
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Impact on the development of North Malabar

The Kannur International Airport will have a massive impact on the development of North Malabar

Kannur International Airport will be a great help for Gulf Malayalies

Kerala already has three International Airports. Despite this, Kannur International Airport will be a great help for Gulf Malayalies

Anees, posted on : 24-06-2010
Kannur has a great potential that is yet to be explored.Im quite sure this venture will form the backbone of economic and cultural growth of my hometown and will place it high among other metropolitans across india.It will also be the dream come true for thousands of kannurites working abroad.All the best wishes...........
MURALI, posted on : 24-06-2010
KRISHNARAJAN, posted on : 23-09-2009
ShanilKumar, posted on : 25-08-2009
Once the airport starts functioning , we can see tremendous development and economic growth in northern kerala.
Thomas, posted on : 07-07-2009
Hopefully , after this project is completed , people can indeed say that development is possible in kerala despite the all the red tapes and bureaucracy

Kannur International Airport will be a major catalyst for growth of tourism

Kannur International Airport will be a major catalyst for growth of tourism in Kerala, especially in north Kerala.

Sreenath, posted on : 09-10-2010
November 1st- only few days to go ... waiting for that moment to cheer for this wonderfull project . Hope VS and the kerala state gvt will not fool us by saying another delay ... my vote for the party who is well wisher for kerala... don't let this project get into further delays ....KIAL to be the best ever made in India.....
Venkiti, posted on : 30-09-2010
Hi Tulsi sir, will ther be an office for this airport in trivandrum the capital of kerala
ashiq, posted on : 25-09-2010
Best Wishes... How I can be a invester in this project????
jamshadali, posted on : 25-09-2010
picher for kannur air port
Santhosh, posted on : 21-09-2010
Any Idea how we could participate as a public investor? Thanks to let me know...

Kannur airport current status

1. Techno economic feasibility study

Techno economic feasibility study completed.

2. Government approval

Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has given in-principle approval for the project.

3. Land

An extent of 1276.03 acres has been acquired for Kannur International Airport project as on 7 October 2010, out of 1284 acres notified. Remaining land is expected to be taken over soon.

4(1) Notification for additional 783 acres has been published. Three Land Acquisition units are on the job.

4. Formation of Special Purpose Vehicle

A Company called "Kannur International Airport Limited" has been registered under the Companies Act 1956. The first Board meeting of the Company was held on 18 December 2009. As per the Orders of the State Government dated 27 February 2010 Kannur International Airport will be set up as a private airport by a Government led consortium. 26% of equity will be with the Government, 23% with Public Sector Undertakings, 2% with other institutions promoted by the Government and remaining 49% with private individuals and institutions. Government have reconstituted the Board of Directors of Kannur International Airport with the Hon'ble Chief Minister as Chairman and Shri V Thulasidas IAS(Retd.) as Managing Director and the following persons as members:

Hon'ble Minister of Home, Tourism & Vigilance - Member
Hon'ble Minister of Finance - Member
Hon'ble Minister of Revenue - Member
Hon'ble Minister of Industries - Member
Additional Chief Secretary(Finance - Member
Dr.V Venu IAS, Secretary(Tourism) - Member
Shri S Ramnath, Managing Director - KINFRA - Member

5. Appointment of consultants

For the implementation of Kannur International Airport project, it is now proposed to select a consultant who will revise and update the TEFR prepared earlier and prepare revised master plan including detailed drawings and designs.

Revised Request for Proposal for selection of Integrated Project Consultant was advertised in Business Line (all editions) on 25 September 2010 and Economic Times (Mumbai and Delhi editions) on 24 September 2010. Detailed RFP has been published on our website. Last date for receipt of proposals is 18 October 2010.

6. Access to airport and other outside infrastructure

District Level Committee under the Chairmanship of the District Collector is giving final shape to the proposal for infrastructure development programmes outside the airport like roads, power and water.

A new green field road viz. Kannur-Mattannur road will be developed as the main access to the airport designed to ensure fast and free movement of traffic to the airport without traffic lights and juctions, with provision for entry and exit ramps for joining and exiting traffic from connecting roads. All other major roads will be widened wherever possible and will be connected to this road.

Meetings of PSUs and Co-operative Institutions for mobilisation of equity

Meetings were held on 23 June 2010 at Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram with PSUs and Co-operative Institutions for subscription to the equity of KIAL. The meetings were presided over by the Chief Minister, Kerala, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. Minister(Home, Vigilance & Tourism) and Minister(Industries), both Directors of the Company, also attended the meetings.

The meetings decided that PSUs and Co-opertives would subscribe to the portions of equity ear-marked for PSUs(23%) and public(49%) respectively.

Meetings with prominent businessmen and Institutions.
Furthe to the meetings with PSUs and Co-operative Institutions on 23 June 2010, a meeting was held on 21 August 2010 at Kanakakunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Kerala, with prominent businessmen to garner support for the project. The businessmen present assured all possible support for the project.

Friday, December 24, 2010

kannur airport 's latest pictures

Kannur airport set to be a dream come true

Over 13 years ago, it was a fantasy entertained by a few people here and it was then dubbed as a project that was destined not to take off. The phase of uncertainty that followed since it was formally proposed in 1997 lasted till the Central government approved it in January 2008. Now the project is all set to be converted into reality as construction work is scheduled to formally commence on December 17.

The Rs. 1100 crore greenfield international airport project all set to come up near Mattannur here was not even in the realm of the imagination of those who first mooted the idea of an airport in the district. They entertained the idea of a small airport at Madayipara, until it was shelved on the ground that the land was not adequate for developing an airport. Their longstanding dream took wings in May 1997 when then Civil Aviation Minister C.M. Ibrahim backed the proposal for an airport in the district. The vast extent of land at Moorkhanparamba near Mattannur was identified for the project a few months later following a hectic search for land for developing the proposed airport.

The formal commencement of construction activities at the project site on December 17 at a function attended by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, among others, will mark the phase of accomplishment of a longstanding dream of the people here into reality. Though the State government accorded sanction for the Kannur international airport project in January 1998 and appointed Kinfra as the nodal agency for its implementation, it had to wait for a decade till it was finally approved by the Central government.

During the period, a private agency appointed by Kinfra to study techno-economic feasibility report submitted its report.

Though there were initial obstacles to the process of land acquisition, it was not as difficult as was thought earlier thanks to the intervention of political leaders at district and local levels cutting across political parties. An extent of 516 hectares of land has been acquired for the airport as on October 7 last out of the total 519.61 ha notified. According to officials here, the steps to take over the remaining 316 ha of land will be initiated soon.

The airport being developed under private-public partnership also envisages massive infrastructure facilities including development of access roads. The access roads proposed to be developed by the time the airport project is completed include Kannur-Mattannur, Thalassery-Mattannur, Payyannur-Mattannur, Wayanad-Mattannur, among others. The project will be implemented by Kannur International Airport Ltd.

The airport to come up at Mattannur is expected to be a boon for the tourism potential in the entire North Malabar region and to give a boost to the export-oriented textile and handloom industry in the district.

The Cabinet approval for a heritage tourism project for Thalassery

The Cabinet approval for a heritage tourism project for Thalassery, often referred to as the town of cricket, cakes and circus, will improve the prospects of the coastal town, which has already bagged a prominent place in the State's tourism map.

Major tourism spots including the Thalassery Fort, a landmark of the British colonial period, and the Overbury's Folly, a picnic spot facing the sea, are among the heritage spots given prominence as part of tourism development here. The renovation of the St. John's Church and its cemetery where Edward Brennen, British philanthropist, was interred will also figure on the priority list.

The development of Thalassery as a centre for heritage tourism was first conceived at a development seminar held on January 2. It was then decided that a master plan for the project would be prepared, giving thrust to monuments of heritage value in the town including old warehouses, Odathil mosque, Thiruvangad temple, court complex, Sub Collector's Bungalow and the Anglican Church, among others.

Suburbs of the Thalassery town such as Dharmadom, Eranholi and Kodiyeri too will benefit from the project since they can be developed into heritage tourism corridors. While the Dharmadom corridor will connect Thalassery to the heritage sites at Kannur including St. Fort Angelo, the Arakkal Palace and Chirakkal Palace, the Eranholi corridor is envisaged as an industrial and IT corridor to link it to the proposed Kannur airport at Mattannur.

Circus and Gundert

The circus legacy of the town is already on display with the establishment of the Circus Academy by the State government at Thalassery. The Gundert Bungalow at Illikkunnu near the town, where German missionary and lexicographer Hermann Gundert stayed for years and compiled his Malayalam dictionary, is another attraction.

Development of access road to Kannur airport - All Parties’ support sought for land acquisition

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that acquisition of land for developing major access roads to the proposed Kannur International Airport near Mattannur will be done with the cooperation of all political parties and organisations to tide over local-level opposition to the proposed road development works.

Addressing a meeting of the Kannur Airport Action Committee here on Saturday, the Minister, who is also its chairman, said the likelihood of local opposition to acquisition of land for development of six access roads, including the Kannur-Mattannur road, could be overcome if land could be acquired on the basis of negotiations as had been done for acquiring land for the airport, he said.

An agency had been entrusted to study the proposed road development projects. The access roads proposed to be developed as part of the infrastructure development required for the airport are Kannur-Mattannur, Thalassery-Mattannur, Wayanad-Mattannur, Nadapuram-Thalassery, Anjarakkandy-Mattannur and Kasaragod-Mattannur.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan would lay the foundation stone for the airport at 11 a.m. on December 17, he said adding that Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel would preside over the function. Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran and Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed would also participate in the function, he said.

Acknowledging the support of all political parties and organisations for their active involvement in the efforts to make the project a reality, Mr. Balakrishnan remembered Defence Minister A.K. Antony's intervention that helped the airport project secure the Central approval.

An extent of 1,578 acres of land had already been acquired through Kinfra and the remaining 783 acres would be acquired on a fast track basis, he told the meeting. The acquisition procedure would be completed by January next year. Rehabilitation of 122 families displaced from the acquired land was also under way.

He said the State government would have control over 51 per cent of the share in Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) floated with an authorised capital of Rs.1,000 crore. Of this, 26 per cent of the equity would be with the government. The value of the land totalling 26 per cent of the authorised capital would be converted into the government's equity. The land exceeding that value would be given on lease to the company, he said. He said that 23 per cent of the equity would be with the public sector undertaking and two per cent with Infrastructure Kerala Ltd. (Inkel).

The remaining 49 per cent of the equity would be with private individuals and institutions, he said. Three entrepreneurs had approached the government expressing their willingness to have 26 per cent of the equity each, he disclosed. The government, however, had taken a decision to allocate 16 per cent of the shares to each of them. The remaining shares would be mobilised from local entrepreneurs and individuals, he said.

The Minister said global tenders had been invited for selecting a consultancy to start the process of constructing the runway. To ensure that there was no encroachment on the acquired land, a perimeter wall would be constructed, he said. It would take minimum two years to complete the airport project, he said. The Minister also disclosed that he had met the Railway Board Chairman and spoke to Mr. Ahamed on the proposal for a railway track to the airport to be later linked to the proposed Thalassery-Mysore railway line.

K. Sudhakaran, MP; A.P. Abdullakutty and K.K. Shylaja, MLAs; Kannur airport special officer V. Thulasidas; and action committee convener P.V.K. Nambiar; were present at the meeting.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan laid the foundation stone for the Kannur international airport

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan laid the foundation stone for the Kannur international airport at the project site near here on Friday, attended by an array of dignitaries including Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel and witnessed by a massive turnout of people from different parts of the district.

The Chief Minister lit a traditional lamp to mark the commencement of the work for the Rs.1,100-crore airport project being developed here as a joint venture. Excitement of the people who gathered at the large venue on the Mattannur-Anjarakkady road knew no bounds as they greeted the dignitaries.

The Chief Minister said that the fourth airport in the State would mark the fruition of a much cherished dream of the people of North Malabar and would be a major venture for the development of the region and the State. An airport was not just a facility for air passengers, but it would also expand connectivity and travel facilities in an entire region. He said the airport would enhance the tourism potential of the region since North Malabar was not lacking in places of scenic beauty and historical importance.

The Chief Minister exuded hope that the new airport would boost export activities from the region, especially in textile, fishery and spice industries. He noted that the area had a largest concentration of people working in the Gulf countries. Demands for better travel facilities and prospects of such facilities had increased over the years. He said 14 per cent of the Malayalis working in Gulf countries are from North Malabar. The airport was expected to be beneficial to one-third of Gulf-bound passengers in Malabar, he added.

He said that the government would not allow the equity of the joint venture airport project to be concentrated on a few individuals. The airport was a symbol of North Malabar’s aspirations for development, he said adding that the government would also exert pressure on the Centre for a rail link to the new airport. Stating that the government was committed to the development of the State, he said efforts were also on to extend the National Waterway from Kottappuram to Neeleswaram.

Mr. Praful Patel, in his presidential address, said all pending problems of the State relating to air connectivity would be solved within a month. The Central government would do everything to ensure that the State got all the attention it deserves.

An array of leaders including State and Union Ministers attended the function. Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan welcomed the dignitaries. Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran, Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed, Health Minister P.K. Sreemathi, Devaswom Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran, MPs K. Sudhakaran and P. Karunakaran, MLAs K.M. Mani, K.K. Shylaja, A.P. Abdullakutty, C.K. Padmanabhan, M. Prakashan, K.P. Mohanan and P. Jayarajan were among those present at the function.

Kerala Tourism and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan denies Kannur airport stake allotment

The Kerala Tourism and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Tuesday denied making any allotment of shares in the proposed Kannur international airport.

"The paperwork has begun with regard to the allotment of shares. Initially at the time of talks, a few private sector players wanted 74 percent. When it was said that would not be possible, they asked for 52 percent, which too was negated by the government. At the moment, three private sector groups have asked for 26 percent shares. Anyone desirous of getting shares in the airport can apply and a decision would then be taken to do a pro rata allotment," said Balakrishnan.

The Mumbai-based Leela Hotel group and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), one of India's leading infrastructure and finance companies, are eyeing a major stake in the airport.

The foundation stone for Kerala's fourth international airport would be laid at Mattanur near Kannur town on December 17.

"Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan would be the chief guests. We expect that the airport would be ready in two years. It would be the biggest airport in the state, spread over 2,000 acres," he said.

A new company Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) has already been registered and the Rs 1,000 crore airport would be built under a public-private initiative. Former civil aviation secretary V Thulasidas has been appointed as the managing director of KIAL.

"Twenty-six percent of the shares would be held by the state government for which the value of the land that has been acquired by the government would be taken as its share. Twenty-three percent would be given to state public sector units, two per cent to INKEL (Infrastructures Kerala Limited, a Kerala government company) and the remaining 49 percent would be open for private participation," added Balakrishnan.

The Kannur airport was first proposed when EK Nayanar was chief minister (1996-2001), who wanted an airport for his hometown. Since then, every chief minister has taken up the issue.

The nearest international airport to the proposed one is at Kozhikode, some 80 km away by air.

The proposed airport will come as a boon for the large number of non-resident Keralites in the districts of Kannur and Kasargode who now have to travel to either Kozhikode or Mangalore.

Moreover, tourists headed to Coorg can also use this airport.

According to a study, close to 1.5 million passengers would use this airport and it would handle 86,000 tonnes of cargo a year.

Kerala has three international airports - at Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvanananthapuram

Why kannur need an airport?

The most of the air traffic both in and out from Calicut and Managlore airports are actually by the Kannur and nearby towns .Also a great number of Kannur population have overseas employment. The recent unfortunate air crash at Mangalore will also highlight more than 50% of the travelers originated from Kannur and nearby areas which all the more stresses the urgent need of getting the airport operational in Kannur.

Kannur is called the land of myths and legends and credited with rich traditions, strong cultural background, tourism, Naval academy which is situated at Ezhimala and all these make kannur at top. Sizable number of student tourists and research scholars particularly from U.K., Germany, France, USA, etc visit here for their academic and research related work (Ayurveda, Yoga, Kalari and Theyyam etc) .Also they have engaged to enjoy the tourist places like payyambalam beaches, Most famous drive-in each Muzhuppilangadu, Handloom industry and folk arts ,St. Angelo’s Fort, Thalassery Fort, Snake Park at Parassinikadavu , Madayi Para, Paithanmala .

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