Madhav Gadgil | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Renowned Indian ecologist Professor Madhav Gadgil said that the SilverLine project will affect the environment evidently and indirectly.
"Poor people will have to suffer the consequences of all this. The voices of protest raised by people will not be in vain, he said while attending a program online at Maharaja’s College in Ernakulam.
Former chairperson of Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Dr V S Vijayan said that there will be a loss of Rs 28 lakh as the project will affect the water bodies. It is estimated that there will be a loss of Rs 98 lakh when a hectare of a water body is destroyed. He said that he had sent a letter to the Chief Minister listing the facts. But there has been no reply from the government’s end so far.
Congress and its affiliated organisations and BJP have intensified the protest across the state against SilverLine, the dream project of the LDF government.
On the other day, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has reiterated the party’s stand to continue with the K-Rail project. He declared that those who oppose the project can’t interrupt it by removing the survey stones.
The state will go ahead with the social impact survey notwithstanding the protest against the semi high-speed rail project, K-Rail MD Ajith Kumar said on Monday.