Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan
Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst the protest against the SilverLine project in the state, Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan had written a letter to the railway minister seeking immediate intervention to approve the project. The governor's letter which came out revealed the extent to which the state government had gone to implement the controversial project in Kerala.
The letter, dated 16-08-2021, was addressed to railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw requesting quick clearance for the semi-speed rail project.
On 2020 December 24, Kerala Governor also wrote to then railway minister Piyush Goyal demanding the immediate intervention of the union government in the matter. The letter also mentioned that the union government had prima facie approved the project, and a DPR was subsequently submitted on June 17, 2021.
The Governor also pointed out in the letter that CM Pinarayi Vijayan met Prime Minister and Railway Minister for the same. Therefore, immediate intervention is sought to give a green light for the project, reads the letter.
The letter was attached with the agenda of the MPs’ meeting held on July 2 ahead of the monsoon session of the parliament.