Pinarayi Vijayan, Narendra Modi | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: As the protests against the Kerala government’s flagship project SilverLine proceeds in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made a crucial intervention in the issue. A meeting of the CM with the Prime Minister has been scheduled on Thursday over the issue.
The railway minister had spoken against the project in Lok Sabha. Besides, BJP has strengthened the protests in Kerala. It is under this circumstance, Pinarayi Vijayan decided to meet the PM.
It has been anticipated that the meeting scheduled to be held at Parliament on Thursday is crucial for the project. The CM may attempt to clear away all the hindrances in the realisation of the K-Rail initiative.
The proposal for SilverLine has already received the in-principle approval of the union government, and the Finance and Railway ministries had taken a positive attitude towards the project. Hence, the state government hopes to obtain a nod from the Centre.
However, when the UDF MPs from Kerala raised the controversies over the project in the Lok Sabha, the railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had stated that the environmental impact posed by the project is a matter of concern. The DPR is yet to be approved by the Railways. The opposition has been accusing the government of going ahead with the project without final approval from the Union government.
K-Rail Managing Director V Ajith Kumar is also in Delhi now. He has been conducting several meetings for the project with the railway officials.