OPPOSITION URGES KERALA GOVT TO WITHDRAW SILVERLINE PROJECT

A day after the announcement of 400 high-speed Vande Bharat trains in three years in the Union budget, Opposition parties and environmental activists have asked the Kerala government to drop the idea of the Silverline high-speed rail project.

The Opposition said while the Silverline trains, also called K-Rail, could run at a top speed of 200kph (kilometres per hour), Vande Bharat trains could run at 180-200 kph, which could be a good alternative and prevent mass displacement of people.

“Both Silverline and Vanda Bharat trains will run at the same speed, and railways will bear expenses of new trains. It is high time the state should reconsider its project, which will leave environmental degradation and mass displacement,” said Opposition leader V D Satheesan.

Senior leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, who earlier courted controversy for not toeing the party line on the Silverline project, also said Vande Bharat could be a good alternative, and the state government should study it in detail. “If Kerala gets a good number of these trains, it will meet the demand put up by the state government for a speedy transport line and also a solution to concerns raised by the opposition about the financial burden and environmental issues arising out of the project,” he tweeted.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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