SilverLine is envisioned to meet the future transportation needs of Kerala and there will be no need for new railway lines in future, he said
"SilverLine should be away from the existing line, either elevated or underground. Nowhere in the world high-speed or semi high-speed lines are planned at the ground level," E Sreedharan said.
The minister's comments came a day after the Centre expressed its inability to bear the liability of the foreign loans to be availed for the project
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw conveyed this to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who met him in Delhi on Friday with the request to hasten the final approval for the project.
State Congress working president Kodikunnil Suresh, MP, will stage a 48 hour-long protest at Nooranad in his Mavelikara Lok Sabha constituency from October 16 to 18.
The detailed project report has been submitted to the Union railway ministry, finance department and central cabinet for the final nod.
The repayment of loans and cost overrun will be the sole responsibility of the state government.
The detailed project report for the rail project has to be ratified by the railway ministry.
This letter is in response to the three-part series analysing the pros and cons of the SilverLine project published in TNIE.
At present, it will take more than 12 hours to cover the same distance through the existing rail network.
Construction of 100-pax boats for Rs 747-cr project progressing at Cochin Shipyard; work on 16 terminals also resumes as restrictions ease
Project gets recommendation from bodies concerned, including Dept of Expenditure under MoF