Nilgiris-Wayanad Railway Action Panel to challenge the alleged apathy of State Govt in the High Court

It alleges negligence by govt in allotting funds for DPR for the proposed 156 Km Nilambur-Nanjangud Line under Kochi-Bangalore Railway line

KOCHI: The Nilgiris-Wayanad National Highway and Railway Action Committee is preparing to challenge the alleged apathy of the State government in allotting funds for the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed 156 km Nilambur-Nanjangud link of the Kochi-Bengaluru railway line in the Kerala High Court.

A meeting of the forum decided to challenge the alleged negligence of the State government in allotting funds for the preparation of DPR for the proposed Nilambur-Nanjangud railway link and the government’s move to subvert the project in the High Court, T.M. Rasheed, convener of the forum told after the meeting.

The 156 km railway line is the only project approved by Central government under cost sharing scheme from the list of eight projects proposed by Kerala.

The preliminary studies of the DMRC shows that the project is a financially viable project with a rate of return of more than 16%. Hence it would not be a constraint for the governments, Mr. Rasheed said.

The Railway board also granted permission to prepare the DPR for the project.

The State government had directed E. Sreedharan, Principal Adviser to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), in June last year to prepare the DPR and a final location survey. Moreover the government had allocated a sum of ₹8 crore for the purpose, besides agreeing to pay ₹2 crore in advance, he said.

But when the DMRC began work the State government had allegedly sabotaged the project by denying to release the advance amount.

Later, the government claimed that it could not provide the amount as the Karnataka government was against the project, even before sending a team of delegates to discuss the matter with Karnataka. Moreover, the Karnataka Chief Minister had promised a delegation of legislators from Kerala that his government would take the initiative to complete the project, he said.

Though the Prime Minister’s office had also asked the state government, after the intervention of the organisation to expedite measures to launch the work, the State government was yet to adopt any positive step, he said.