K-Rail survey facing fierce opposition in Kannur district, 30 houses to be demolished in Payyannur

The project is expected to cost more than Rs 63,000 crore. The survey will be conducted in 23 villages in the Kannur district as part of the social impact assessment

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PAYYANUR (Metro Rail News): In Kannur, a protest against the projected SilverLine Project is gaining traction. As surveyors arrive to undertake the social impact study, many people who will be impacted by the semi-high-speed rail route construction in Payyanur are voicing their opposition.

In numerous instances, protests by families who are about to lose their land and homes have hampered the house-by-house survey. As a result, thirty houses will have to be demolished in Payyannur alone. The survey will be conducted in 23 villages in the Kannur district as part of the social impact assessment. In the initial step, surveys would be conducted in 11 villages in the district, ranging from Chirakkal to Payyannur.

In the Kannur district alone, the state government has identified 106.2005 hectares of land for the project. Out of the 530 km rail line from Thiruvananthapuram in the south to Kasaragod in the north, the district would have a 61.7-kilometre segment. The railway line will run through the taluks of Kannur, Payyannur, and Thalassery in the Kannur district.

SilverLine is being hailed as the state’s largest infrastructure project. The journey time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod is projected to be reduced to roughly four hours. The builder is Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail). The project is expected to cost more than Rs 63,000 crore.

The number of households to be rehabilitated, the size of the land covered by the project, as well as the number of houses, colonies, and other public areas in the vicinity are all included in the scope of the social impact analysis. The research will also determine whether the land to be purchased is necessary for the project. The cost of compensating for the potential social impact will be calculated during the research.

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