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Rail protests on, Pinarayi says projects ‘won’t remain on paper’

Addressing the state conference of Kerala School Teachers Association in Kollam, Vijayan said, “All the things the government has announced, those would be implemented with the support of people. The projects announced by the government are not going to remain on paper.”

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EVEN AS protests against the proposed semi-high speed rail corridor continued in many parts of Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday reiterated that projects announced by the government would not remain on paper.

Addressing the state conference of Kerala School Teachers Association in Kollam, Vijayan said, “All the things the government has announced, those would be implemented with the support of people. The projects announced by the government are not going to remain on paper.”

Referring to the recent protests in Kottayam and Kozhikode against land survey for the rail corridor, Vijayan said his government is trying to make ‘Nava Kerala’ a reality. “However, the incidents in the past few days show there is a section of people against making Nava Kerala a reality. Congress has turned into a section opposing the progress of the state. BJP also has adopted the same stand. They want the state to not move an inch ahead. People realise it. All projects would be implemented with the people’s support,’’ he said.

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Vijayan’s assertion on the rail corridor project came at a time when the protest against it assumed a new dimension.

Opposition leader V D Satheesan said the protests show people will not allow the project. “If government is trying to suppress the agitation, CPI(M) would see a repeat of Nandigram (West Bengal) protest in Kerala,’’ he said.

First published on: 19-03-2022 at 04:49:35 pm
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