SilverLine: Owners of land falling under buffer zone express concern


Biju Paravath

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Thiruvananthapuram: With the confirmation that there will be a buffer zone apart from the protected region besides the SilverLine, the concerns of affected individuals are spiralling in. Until now the major narrative was the concerns of individuals in the protected regions of the project. However, with the emergence of reports on buffer zone mandates, the individuals in that zone too are on their toes.

According to Railways’ mandate, an area of 30 metres from both sides of railway borders must be considered as a ‘buffer zone’. This is apart from the 15 metre-area of land that is considered as a ‘protected region’ by the Railways.

The protected region includes both Raliways’ land and those of other private parties. No construction will be allowed here.

While for the constructions in the buffer zone there are many conditions to be followed. The landowners must seek permission from the Railways for any construction on the land which falls under the buffer zone. The property should have an autonomous transit road that does not goes through Railways property. Similarly, the constructions should not be on the land determined for Railways’ future projects.

Notably, K-Rail maintains that being a company that has been in partnership with the state and the Union governments, it will seek allowances in the mandates pertaining to the buffer zone.

The K-Rail’s demand is that only an area of 10 metres from both sides of railway borders need to be considered as a buffer zone.

It is learnt that the Union government’s decision will be crucial on this matter.

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