K-Rail: Railway upholds land acquisition procedures

Kochi: Amidst the row of SilverLine semi-high-speed rail project, the railway has come forward upholding the land acquisition. On Friday, the railway informed the High Court that K-Rail is permitted to issue the notification for initiating land acquisition. Railway has also supported the arguments put forward by the state government before the court.

The railway has informed their stance on the SilverLine project when the court was considering a plea that questioned the preliminary procedures of land acquisition.

The state government argued that the land acquisition procedures for the SilverLine project should be cancelled.

Railway also asserted that K-Rail has taken the permission for continuing the land acquisition.

“ SilverLine is not a special railway project. Hence, the central government’s special permission is not mandatory for carrying out the land acquisition. K-Rail can initiate action for land acquisition as per the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013,” railway informed the court.

Meanwhile, the petitioners questioned the arguments of the railway and the state government. They argued that the government is trying to illegally acquire 955-acre land and it will affect the public life. The court has reserved the judgement into the case following the completion of the final arguments.

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