KOCHI: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged the Centre to support Kerala wholeheartedly and financially assist the state in implementing developmental programmes.“The state has to undertake a long journey in implementing developmental projects. For this, we need the Centre’s wholehearted support,” Pinarayi said, addressing the delegates at the launch of Kochi Metro here on Saturday. Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inaugural address, Pinarayi said through the launch of Kochi Metro, Kerala has proved to the world it can implement big projects in a time-bound and efficient manner.
The Chief Minister admitted the state does not have the financial wherewithal to implement big infrastructure projects, but added the government has a “positive attitude” towards development.
“While executing big projects, there are instances in which some people get affected. These people need to be rehabilitated properly. There’s no two questions about it,” the Chief Minister said.
However, the government will not be cowed down by pressure if people want to disrupt development programmes by raising a banner of protest, even after clear rehabilitation programmes are laid out, Pinarayi said. “Criticisms are welcome, but criticisms for criticisms sake will not be encouraged. Nothing can stop the government in implementing development programmes,” he said.
Pinarayi said the state government wanted the Prime Minister to inaugurate the Kochi Metro, and those who tried to create a controversy surrounding the issue are now disappointed. “The state and Central Governments are going hand in hand,” he said.The Chief Minister also acknowledged the efforts of Metroman E Sreedharan for the successful implementation of Kochi Metro.
The state and Central Governments are going hand in hand in development plans
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The Chief Minister also acknowledged the efforts of Metroman E Sreedharan for the successful implementation of Kochi Metro.