State govt has clear vision on Silverline project: Minister V Abdurahiman

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Kozhikode: Defending Silverline semi-high speed rail project from various contestations raised by the Opposition and other civic forums, Minister for Sports and Railways V Abdurahiman in an interview with Mathrubhumi’s M Sudheendra Kumar said that the state government has clear vision on Silverline project. The minister also dismissed allegations that the state government do not have a clarity on Silverline project.

“The allegations that the state government do not have a clarity are baseless. The state has clear vision. The project is environment friendly. It will be implemented in such a way that normal course of water ways in the stretch is not obstructed. Similarly, no mountains will be destroyed. Instead, tunnels will be constructed without destabilising the mountain structure,” he said about environmental perspective of the project.

Downplaying the Opposition allegations, Abdurahiman said that though he is not of the opinion that opposition in Kerala and the Centre are collectively trying to interrupt the project, the political interest of some central ministers and opposition in the state need to be evaluated. He pinpointed that UDF itself has tried to come up with semi-high speed rail project, while the Centre is supporting similar projects in other states.

In the interview, the minister pointed out various benefits of the project and financial feasibility of the project. He claimed that the project will be value addition to Kerala’s tourism sector.

Abdurahiman also assured the compensation and rehabilitation measures for the individuals who are supposed to give up their land and property will follow the same rationale of national high way land acquisition procedures.

Meanwhile, on responding to the question whether what will be the scope of project if the Centre step back, Abdurahiman claimed that the state government will continue to go ahead with the project.

“The Chief Minister has already conveyed the stance of the government. He said that if the Centre step back, alternatives need to be pondered upon. We hope that the Centre will support us. However, in anyways state government will not step back from the project,” he said.

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