It’s the big day for the debate on the ambitious K-Rail project – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It will be a summer rain of arguments for and against the SilverLine semi-rapid train project in the state capital on Thursday as three debates to dissect the prestigious Rs 64,000 project of the second Pinarayi Vijayan government are scheduled for the day.

The day of debates will begin with one organized by K-Rail which has already become a controversy with the exclusion of computer expert Joseph C Mathew and the subsequent removal of Alok Kumar Varma and Sridhar Radhakrishnan from the panel.

The organizers however decided to continue the debate even if the panel opposed to SilverLine will have only one member, RVG Menon, former president of Sastra Sahitya Parishath, to oppose the project. Subodh Kumar Jain, a retired member of the Railway Board, Kuncheria P Isac, former VC of the Technological University, and SN Raghuchandran Nair, President of the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will represent the panel which will defend the project.

In the afternoon, there will be a seminar on the economic and environmental aspects of SilverLine organized by the people-friendly development movement. CP Rajendran, a geologist at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, will open the seminar in the Press Club room at 3 p.m. KG Thara, Former Head of Disaster Management Authority, M Suchita, Journalist, KK Rema, MLA, Economist M Kabir, Joseph C Mathew, Ecologist K Sahadevan and Social Thinker Prof Sivaprasad will speak.

Metroman E Sreedharan will inaugurate the seminar organized by the Institution of Engineers at the hall of the Institution of Engineers, opposite Kanakakunnu Palace, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Popular Resistance Council announced another debate on the project on May 4 in the capital.

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