Congress workers and locals uproot survey stones laid for SilverLine project| Photo: Screengrab/ Mathrubhumi News
Thiruvananthapuram: As days allocated for completing the social impact study of the SilverLine project is nearing, K-Rail and the state government has decided to sue individuals involved in uprooting survey stones laid for it. This comes at a time when the protest against the project is intensifying.
It is learnt that the government moots for imposing the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act on the protestors. If booked over this, the protestors will not be able to obtain bail unless paying a fine amounting to the damage caused.
The revenue department has been assigned with stone laying for the survey. K-Rail which spearheads the project will send notice to police if someone displaces survey stones from where it is erected. Based on that, the officials will register FIR against the person.
Apart from those obstructing the duty of police will be charged with a fine ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.
Though government maintains that uprooting survey stones will not cease the project, this, in turn, will delay the social impact study. Ultimately, it affects the progress of the project as, without furnishing the study report, the project cannot be initiated legally.
It is important to note that the K-Rail has only laid 6,083 survey stones in the 182 km stretch line. The total stretch is 530 km and out of this 200 km stretch is owned by Railways.
If the protests intensify, the probability of uprooting survey stones will also increase. The stone laying is completed in Kannur district only while stone laying has not been initiated in Pathanamthitta yet.