Alok Verma puts forward conditions to attend SilverLine panel debate

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Thiruvananthapuram: Former deputy project director of SYSTRA Alok Verma has put forward a set of conditions for attending the panel debate over SilverLine project.

The debate should not be held under K-Rail. The government should take over the programme, Alok Verma wrote to the chief secretary.

Alok Verma is a member of the panel which opposes the project. With his stance, uncertainty is looming over the panel debate.

“Chief Secretary has invited me to the debate. So, the government should have complete control over it. Two moderators who are technical experts must be there to control the debate,” demanded Alok Verma.

He also asked to ensure participation of government and railway representatives. Those who conducted the feasibility study of the project and studied the DPR should be invited as audience. These people should be given chance to participate in the debate, Alok Verma said in his letter.

He also appreciated the decision to remove Joseph C Mathew from the panel.

In his letter to the chief secretary, Alok Verma expressed his disappointment with the SilverLine project.

The panel discussion will be held on Thursday 11 am in Thiruvananthapuram Taj Vivanta hotel. A total of 50 people will attend the debate. Three subject experts who support and oppose the project have been invited.

Retired railway board member Subodh Kumar Jane, Thiruvananthapuram Chamber of Commerce and Industry president SN Raghuchandran Nair are the members of the panel which support the SilverLine project.

Indian railway retired chief engineer Alok Verma, Kannur Govt. College of Engineering Retired Principal and Sastra Sahithya Parishad former president RVG Menon are the members of the opposing panel.

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