THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The planning for the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasargod semi-high speed rail became smoother with the central government clarifying in the National Green Tribunal that the project does not require prior environmental clearance.
The affidavit submitted by the Centre stated that the 2006 central notification on Environmental Impact Assessment does not include railways or rail projects and hence no prior environmental clearance was required for Kerala’s semi-high speed rail project.
The affidavit was filed by Dr. Murali Krishna, a scientist from the Union Ministry of Environment, before the Chennai bench of the Green Tribunal on a petition seeking an injunction restraining the start of construction of the project before environmental clearance is obtained.
The project had earlier received in-principle approval from the Railways. A decision will be taken soon on the full approval and release of 185 hectares of railway land.
Centre informed the Green Tribunal that: