Kerala govt going for land acquisition before taking Centre's permission for K-Rail project: LoP Satheesan

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], October 14 (ANI): After a walkout from the Kerala Assembly demanding discussion on the semi-high speed rail network between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod, Leader of Opposition (LoP) VD Satheesan alleged that the Kerala government was going to acquire land. has been Projects which have not yet received approval from the Central Government.

Talking to reporters, Satheesan said that without the permission of the Centre, the Kerala government is going for land acquisition.

“The semi-high speed rail project, called the K-Rail project, has not got permission from the central government and the Indian Railways. Before getting the permission, the Kerala government is going for land acquisition,” he said.

The Leader of the Opposition said there is no Detailed Project Report (DPR) and a comprehensive environmental study on the project.

“Social impact study has not been done so far. Out of a 500 km rail project, more than 300 km require 30 feet of embankments. These embankments will create many ecological problems. We sought a DPR on this project. “

Satisan further said, “The project requires acquisition of over 1,000 hectares of land, rehabilitating over 20,000 houses and demolishing 1,000 shops. The project is not feasible.”

“Earlier the UDF government had proposed a parallel rail line within the existing railway. In this proposed project of the UDF government, only 100 hectares are to be acquired and it is economically viable as the project will cost Rs 25,000 crore. ” (ANI)

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