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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is looking at the possibility of expanding the SilverLine project to Mangaluru to overcome political and technical barriers. It was decided during the Southern Zonal Council meeting held on Saturday that the chief ministers of both states will hold discussions over this matter. The meeting may be held in Bengaluru this month itself. Kerala hopes that by bringing Karnataka, a state with BJP as the ruling party, the obstacles standing in the way of the project will soon vanish.
The official statement given on the matter is that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) states that since the states are already connected by railway lines, the project can be easily extended to Mangaluru.
The state government believes that there is strong politics at play for the project not receiving the nod from the Centre yet. The latest criticism that has surfaced is an interstate relationship was not mentioned anywhere in the project.