K-Rail project protects interests of wealthy people, allege Sasthra Sahithya Parishad

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Kannur: Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) has once again demanded that the state government should withdraw the K-Rail project that is anti-people. The remark comes after CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan claimed that KSSP did not oppose the K-Rail project but only pointed out some environmental issues.

KSSP said it is unacceptable that the Silverline project is moving forward without discussing the detailed project report, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment. They alleged that the move to lay stone to demarcate boundaries across the state is to arrange loans from foreign agencies.

The aim is to protect the interests of the affluent section of the society. It is an attempt to create a new township at the K-Rail centers. The company expects Rs 10,000 crore from its real estate business. The project is targeting only wealthy passengers, the KSSP further alleged.

The Niti Aayog estimated that the project, which is expected to cost Rs 64,000 crore in the paper, will actually cost Rs 1.26 lakh crore upon completion. The Parishad officials stated that a proper environmental impact study should be conducted and its details should be made available to the public.

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