SilverLine Project: Minister Saji Cheriyan slams critics for bringing up environmental hurdles

Fisheries and Culture Minister Saji Cheriyan

Alappuzha: Minister Saji Cheriyan said that Kerala is the only state that raises a hue and cry about environmental issues when a development project is announced by the government. He added that developments over time are necessary for progressing forward. His remark came in the wake of ongoing protest against SilverLine Project.

"The high-speed railway came into existence 40 years ago in other countries. In some places, trains with speeds exceeding 400 km/h run through railway tracks laid inside malls. No issues are raised there. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about it in Kerala," he said.

He also criticized those who alleged that the SilverLine project could result in landslides and flooding in the state. He pointed out that there is need for a person to reach Kasaragod from Thiruvananthapuram within two hours. "For this, the trains should have a speed of around 400km/h. Therefore, adequate measures must be taken for such development projects," he added.

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