Kerala govt takes a U-turn, temporarily halts SilverLine project

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to temporarily halt the SilverLine project till the Centre gives approval. On Monday, the revenue department issued an order to stop the works relating to the project.

A total 205 employees who were deployed for land acquisition in 11 districts have been asked to report back to their parent departments.

In the order, the revenue department noted that the social-impact study would be halted temporarily and further actions on the project would be taken only after central government’s approval.

Interestingly, the government redeployed the employees who got an extension in their deputation for the project work two months ago. Earlier, the revenue department has asked its employees, who were deputed for social-impact study, to report to their department.

It is learnt that the government took the decision as the central government’s approval is pending. Earlier, the government had declared that it won’t step back from the project.

If completed, the K-Rail project would have seen a 529.45 km corridor connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod with semi-high speed trains covering the distance in around four hours.

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