First victory of anti-SilverLine protests, says VD Satheesan on GPS survey

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Kochi: The decision of the Kerala government to drop the on-site Social Impact Study marked the first victory of the anti-SilverLine protests, said opposition leader VD Satheesan.

The government on Monday decided to drop the on-site Social Impact Study and take up a GPS-enabled study instead.

The opposition's recommendation should have been adopted well before, he said. He also demanded the government to withdraw cases registered against protesters.

Similarly, the government will have to gradually step back from its position that the project will be implemented by suppressing the protests, he said.

The decision of K-Rail comes amid protests against laying survey stones on the private properties without prior intimation to the landowners. Critics of the project had asked the government to go for the tech-enabled system instead of the stone-laying in the wake of protests and emotional scenes on the sites.

Kerala high court had asked the government if the stone laying was done as per the manual of the revenue department. The case against the method of survey is still pending in the HC.

The decision will be a major talking point in the Thrikkakara bypoll as well.

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