K-Rail: Delay in laying of stones as protest intensifies across Kerala


A three-foot-high concrete weighing 40 kg boundary stone costs around Rs 1000. For laying a single stone, the government is spending around Rs 4,500, which includes the staff expenses.

Congress workers and locals uproot survey stones laid for SilverLine project| Photo: Screengrab/ Mathrubhumi News

Thiruvananthapuram: Stone laying as part of land acquisition for the K-Rail project is lagging unduly months after the state government gave green signal for the survey. Of the 530 km stretch needed for the Silver Line project, 6000 stones were laid only on the 155 km stretch.

The state government will be able to conduct the social impact study only after the survey stones are laid. The survey process was carried out with the help of police due to the ongoing protest against the K-Rail project.

Meanwhile, police are registering case against those who destroyed the stones. The violators will have to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 for a stone.

The boundary is demarcated according to the alignment determined by the aerial survey. Officials of the Land Acquisition Division in the Tehsildars' Office are responsible for laying the stones.

A three-foot-high concrete weighing 40 kg boundary stone costs around Rs 1000. For laying a single stone, the government is spending around Rs 4,500, which includes the staff expenses. Further, the protests have delayed the procedures of stone laying.

Meanwhile, K-Rail officials said the land acquisition would start only after getting approval from the central government. Further, a preliminary study for compensation and rehabilitation is underway.

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