Earlier, there were large-scale protests against the stone laying which, according to the government, was part of the Social Impact Assessment study for land acquisition.
Meanwhile the Opposition said the government should withdraw from the project.
When the petitions came up for hearing, deputy solicitor-general S Manu said the Centre has not approved the DPR.
It further said that if there are any new developments in connection with the project, then the petitioners have the liberty to revive their pleas.
The Centre has been sitting on the state government’s request for approval for the SilverLine semi high-speed rail project originally planned up to Kasaragod.
The proposal was part of the agenda at the 30th Southern Zonal Council meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
At the same time, Pinarayi Vijayan also conceded that without the Centre's approval, the state cannot say it will go ahead with the project.
The government made the submission when the petitions against the SilverLine project came up for hearing.
The railway minister has expressed doubts about the feasibility of the SilverLine semi-high-speed project.
Says the dept will offer high-speed travel without the need for large-scale eviction
To a query, Pinarayi said the social impact assessment for the project has not come to a halt.
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Criticising the state government, Bhushan said it has undertaken the project without conducting any preliminary study.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had personally intervened to expedite the Centre’s approval for SilverLine project, reveals documents released by the state government.
While the fifth session is scheduled to conclude only on July 27, it remains to be seen whether Speaker M B Rajesh will be forced to reduce the number of days if the Opposition protest turns stormy.
Ajith said the state has formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement the project as per an agreement with the Union Railway Ministry.
He alleged that the BJP and UDF want to sabotage developmental initiatives in the state.
Both the parties want to do away with public sector enterprises and were against development in Kerala as they believe it would improve the image of LDF in the state, he alleged.
CPM politburo member Brinda Karat has said that the Kerala government’s ambitious SilverLine project will be executed only after consultation with experts to avoid environmental impact.
The revenue department order issued last August had created a special deputy collector’s office based in Ernakulam and 11 special tahsildar LA offices in different districts.