VD Satheesan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan has written to the union railway minister, seeking an extension of the proposed Vande Bharat Express train service upto Mangaluru in Karnataka. The move comes after rakes of the semi-high-speed train reached Kerala on April 14.
The proposed route reportedly is the Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur stretch and Satheesan has urged the union government to extend the service up to Mangaluru. Earlier, when the state government’s proposed flagship Silver Line semi-high-speed rail corridor project was in limelight, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan approached the Karnataka government seeking its support to extend the route up to Mangaluru. However, the discussions did not yield any results.
Meanwhile, Satheesan has also urged the union railway minister to ensure overall high-speed railway connectivity in the state by straightening curves in the railway line and improving signalling systems.