Thiruvananthapuram: Noted engineer RVG Menon openly criticized the state government for forcefully pushing ahead with the SilverLine project without considering its consequences. He also proposed a parallel railway line without Railroad curves to maximise speed and efficiency. His remark came during a panel discussion hosted by the state government to address the ongoing argument over the merits and demerits of implementing the SilverLine project.
He pointed out that the at present Kerala needs doubling of the existing railway tracks. The public is not against this. The political leadership in the state should take effor for it, he added. He was the only person on the panel that opposed SilverLine project.
"It is not ideal to execute the project without holding an adequate meeting and rectifying the mistakes. The people are not against the project. There is also the need to check whether water logging will be an issue," he said. He also questioned why the authorities are not adopting a broad gauge instead of the Standard gauge approved for the project.
Meantime, SN Raghuchandran Nair, who supports the projects, voiced his disapproval over the stone laying as part of the survey. He pointed out that people should be informed about the project before forcefully entering their property and laying stones.
Only four out of six people who were invited for the debate attended the event. K-Rail conducted the debate despite panellists Alok Verma and Sreedhar Ramakrishnan decided to boycott it.