Centre says no immediate approval for SilverLine project

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New Delhi: The Centre is yet to sanction Kerala government's proposed Rs 63,941 crore K-Rail project and the detailed project report does not have sufficient details to assess the technical feasibility, Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday.

Citing multiple issues, the Union government has declared that no immediate approval will be given to the SilverLine project introduced by the Kerala government. The minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw informed the parliament that DPR submitted by the state government is incomplete and the technical feasibility and financial viability of the project remain ambiguous.

Hence, a decision on approval cannot be taken, the minister said. Notably, the reply came in the response to the queries raised by Kerala MPs NK Premachandran and K Muraleedharan, regarding the project.

According to the Railway ministry, the DPR submitted does not contain aspects like technical feasibility and data on land to be acquired from Railway and private parties for the project.

Responding over the matter Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail) which works as an executive agency of the state government in the SilverLine project, informed that they have not received any official notification regarding it. K-Rail also informed that they are ready to furnish more details on receiving intimation.

(With added inputs from agencies)

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