Uncertainty looms over SilverLine project; social impact study not completed within time frame

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, survey stone | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: SilverLine, the dream project of the LDF government, continues to stare into the abyss. Since the social impact study couldn’t be completed within the time allotted, procedures like land acquisition will be delayed further.

According to the Land Acquisition Act, the social impact study should be completed within six months. The districts in the state had assigned various agencies to conduct the social impact study. However, the deadline of completing social impact study was not met in most districts. The period allotted for social impact study in remaining districts will be over by the end of this month.

The government will have to re-release the modified notification for the agencies to resume the survey. But no decision has been taken on this so far. The social impact study is being conducted in 11 districts. The Revenue Department has issued instructions to the agencies asking them to update the current status of the study.

The government has sought information on the number of villages survey was completed, how many villages are left, how many people are yet to be visited and so on. The district collectors will collect these details from agencies and submit it to the revenue department.

K-Rail officials reacted on the matter saying that this is just a minor hiccup during implementation process and that it doesn’t mean that the project has been left midway. It further added that this is only a minor technical issue.

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