Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday criticised UDF’s decision to oppose the state government’s flagship programme, Silver Line semi-high speed rail.
The decision is unfortunate. Silver Line is a futuristic project, Pinarayi said. He requested the UDF to take a relook into the matter and sought support to implement the project.
The travelling difficulties will be resolved when Silver Line, that can take one from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram in just four hours, is implemented. Dislocated families will be given proper compensation as per the current situation. The government will not trouble anyone, he said.
Silver Line is a 529.45 km rail project connecting Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram “with an operating speed of 200kmph.”
“The intermediate stations include Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kochi Airport, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kannur.”
The project is implemented by Kerala Rail Development Corporation (K-Rail), a Joint venture company of Government of Kerala and the Union Ministry of Railways.