Thiruvananthapuram: After Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, the Kerala government has ordered to study the social impact of the SilverLine project in Pathanamthitta and Kollam. These districts are in limelight due to protests against the project.
According to the order issued to agencies concerned, the social impact study in the two districts should be completed within three months. The study is crucial in deciding the matters including compensation for those affected by the project.
Based on a report by project executing agency K-Rail, the government has granted Rs 20.5 crore for social impact study and the related expenses. K-Rail approached the government stating that the study in 11 districts has to be conducted within three months. Similarly, a high-level committee, specifically constituted for high-cost development projects, also recommended the government for issuing the amount.
Reportedly, the stone laying based on the aerial survey in the boundaries and social impact assessment will happen simultaneously. Meanwhile, notification for environmental impact assessment in districts like Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kannur and Kasaragod also have been issued.