SilverLine: Alok Verma raises red flag on proposed tunnel route in Calicut

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Kozhikode: Former railway chief engineer Alok Kumar Verma has raised several red flags on the proposed tunnel route of SilverLine semi high-speed rail here.

Verma said that the proposed tunnel route is passing through areas where there are skyscrapers and the regions where population density is high.

He claimed that the soil here is very fragile and there is possibility of developing cracks in the buildings or chance of their collapse.

“In spite of this possibility, even a hydraulic survey was not conducted,” he pointed out.

According to Verma, the authorities have not considered the fact that the tunnel station should at least have 40 m width.

The tunnel is passing through Kallayi river and other fragile zones, he said.

Verma alleged that K-Rail’s project has not at all considered environmental issues.

Meanwhile, reacting to Verma’s remarks, Calicut Management Association president Ananda Mani K said that the issues pointed out can be resolved by deploying the latest technologies.

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