Thiruvananthapuram, March 24 (IANS): Opposition to the K-Rail project reverberated not only throughout Kerala but also in Delhi, when several state MPs claimed they were beaten by Delhi police while attending a protest against the project.
Incidentally, this happened minutes before a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to take place in parliament.
Vijayan and his leftist allies want the project to go ahead, while Congress and the BJP say this project is unsustainable and massive environmental destruction will take place because of it.
Veteran Congress MP K. Suresh raised the issue of abuse of MPs in the Lok Sabha and the Speaker assured that this would be looked into.
Meanwhile, in Kerala, in several places, angry Congress workers have taken to the streets against the way their leaders have been treated in Delhi and also against the K-Rail project.
There was tension in Kottayam, Palakkad, Trissur, Kozhikode over this. In the state capital, angry BJP workers pulled out a K-Rail marker stone and carried it to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s official residence for planting. But their attempt was foiled by the police.
If completed, the K-Rail project will see a 529.45 km corridor linking Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod with high-speed trains covering the distance in about four hours.