The Kerala high court on Wednesday 12 Jan directed the
Union government to make its position clear on the high- speed rail project, K
Rail, and stayed the process of laying boundary stones of the project in
violation of the Survey and Boundaries Act ahead of the social impact study.
There was no
clarity on the Centre’s position
While hearing a bunch of pleas, Justice Devan Ramachandran
said though the state government contended that there was an in-principle
approval, there was no clarity on the Centre’s position.
It directed the Centre to explain its position during the
next hearing on January 21 and asked the K Rail not to lay boundary stones of
The government’s ambitious high speed rail project ran
into trouble after main opposition parties and green activists opposed it
many green activists also opposed the big budget project saying it will be a
disaster for the state. They said government conceived the idea when climate
experts and others warned it will face recurring calamities due to climate
change, they said.