Amid raging controversy in the state over the leftist government’s ambitious SilverLine project, Kerala Pradesh Congressional Committee Chairman and MP K Sudhakaran on Sunday proposed an alternative to the rail corridor – an air link between Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram called ‘Fly Kerala’. ‘. The congress leader said in a video message titled “Let’s Talk Politics” on Facebook that there was already an air link from Mangaluru to Thiruvananthapuram and that a flight on this route can stop at Kannur, Calicut and Kochi and that such a trip would only take a total of approximately three o’clock.

Sudhakaran also said more flights could be operated for shorter distances or durations on this route and that the entire project would cost the state no more than Rs 1,000 crore, instead of the SilverLine’s expected Rs 1.33 lakh crore.

He went on to say that a system could be set up to allow the purchase of tickets at the time of travel or en route, such as when traveling on buses.

He said he saw such a system in South Africa several years ago when he visited that country.

Among the air services, a system could be set up so that passengers do not have to arrive at the airport hours earlier to check in, nor do they have to book the tickets in advance, he added.

He urged the left-wing government to also consider this alternative proposal for fast travel from one end of the state to the other, rather than focusing solely on the SilverLine semi-high-speed train corridor.

The Kerala government’s ambitious SilverLine project, which is expected to reduce travel time from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod to about four hours, is being opposed by the opposition party UDF, which claimed it was “unscientific and impractical” and placed a huge financial burden on them. the state.

The LDF government, on the other hand, has claimed that the Congress and the UDF opposition led by it have an “anti-development mentality”.

The state government has also claimed that the project would be beneficial for future generations, result in economic development, reduce CO2 emissions by about 2.8 lakh tons every year and therefore everyone should work together to make it a reality through their political set aside differences.

However, in many parts of the state, people are resisting laying the research bricks that identify properties for the project and for conducting a social impact assessment.

The state government has also been criticized for using police forces to remove protesters, including women, for laying the investigative stones.

The 530 km stretch from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod was to be developed by K-Rail – a joint venture of the Government of Kerala and the Ministry of Railways for the development of railway infrastructure in the southern state.

From the state capital, SilverLine trains will stop at Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kannur before reaching Kasaragod.

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