No plan to drop SilverLine project; studies underway as wait for final nod continues: K-Rail

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail), spearheading SilverLine semi-highspeed rail project in the state, has refuted the narrative that the project has been dropped.

K-Rail pointed out that it is still pursuing preliminary activities pertaining to the project.

Union and state governments have not decided to drop the project and the further procedures will be pursued based on Railway Board’s nod, it informed.

K-Rail said that it has responded to explanations sought by the Railway Board. Details of railway land, blueprint of buildings and railway crosses falling in the proposed line have been handed over to authorities concerned.

It further elaborated on the ongoing processes related to the project. Hydrological study and comprehensive environmental impact assessment are underway. Coastal regulation and mangrove forest mandates too are evaluated.

Earlier, reports said that the state government decided to repatriate employees deputed to the 11 offices of K-Rail for the implementation of the SilverLine project. Sources close to the government claimed that 205 employees have been asked to report back to their parent departments. Later, the offices of the Chief Minister and Revenue minister confirmed that the LDF government has no plans to call off the SilverLine project.

However, amid this, critics and Opposition party loyalists in the state took to social media and claimed that the government has been retracting from the project. K-Rail’s clarification comes at this juncture.

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