THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Metro Rail News): The railways will shortly present a scheme that will provide an alternative to the state’s proposal for the SilverLine semi-high speed rail system, Union Minister V Muraleedharan informed. The minister met with the state’s BJP leaders to arrange a meeting with the railway minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, and then spoke to reporters in Delhi.
Muraleedharan informs that the Railways will soon introduce a substitute project that will provide high-speed rail travel without need for the widespread eviction of residents as with Silverline. The delegation encouraged the minister to call a meeting of state MPs so that elected officials may offer their opinions on the Railway’s alternate plan.
The minister stated, “The Railways is engaged in research to investigate the potential for rail travel at a speed of 130 kmph across the state.” Before the current Parliament session ends, a definitive decision on the SilverLine alternative project would be made after negotiations with state MPs, he added.
Muraleedharan informed that the LDF government’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) on SilverLine demonstrates that it is an unscientific, environmentally harmful, and economically unviable concept. The large-scale protest by those who would be relocated as a result of the project “will not be ignored by the Narendra Modi government,” he continued. Muraleedharan reported that the group encouraged the railway minister to start development on the proposed Nemom coaching terminal as soon as possible and not to abandon the project. Muraleedharan stated, “The Railway Minister informed us that directives will be issued in this regard soon.”
P K Krishnadas, K Surendran, P Sudheer, and V V Rajesh and the district president of Thiruvananthapuram, were all included in the BJP delegation from the state.